I recently had the honour of interviewing Deanna Yusoff, a big name in the Malaysian film industry. I always remembered her as being a very beautiful, intelligent woman who would grace any occasion with elegance. Our interview and photo shoot was scheduled in the afternoon, Deanna smack on time ( A trait we Malaysians are not accustom to) was ready with hair ( from Toni & Guy), make up , her outfits( from Justin Yap) and a handful of shoes ( which I had suggested her to bring along). Immediately I knew this petite, beautiful woman achieved what she has today from sheer hard work, determination, precision, dedication and the love for what she does.
Deanna had a welcoming smile, warming hearts as I shook her hand and explain our agenda for the afternoon. She was friendly, full of energy and ready to spill the beans in this exclusive interview with Marie Claire. Deanna Yusoff is starring in a new horror film “Aku Haus Darah Mu.” which will premiere in cinemas on the 2nd February 2017. She shares the screen with fellow actors Nad Zainal, Farhanna Qiamina and Zoey Rahman.
What have you been up to these few years?
In the last year I have been doing bits and pieces in the industry, and I released a movie in Singapore called “1965” and then I started shooting “Aku Haus Darah Mu.” But what I’ve been doing most is travelling cause i’m part of a travel club so I get to travel frequently. I just got back from travelling to Singapore-Switzerland then Berlin.
Where is your favourite travel destination?
The place that I really like is Prague,compared to other European cities Prague is still very much untouched. It hasn’t become modern, Berlin is very modern because everything was destroyed during WWII, so they have beautiful architecture but you don’t see that quaint European city. But Prague is a protected UNESCO city, so its really nice, and its not as expensive compared to other European countries. People are really lovely, the food is very good and it’s just beautiful. I was also in Peru 2 years ago, that was very nice. It’s a very big country and its soo different from what we have here. Peru is a country that is still developing so they have this rich history, and haven’t modernise so its very unique.
What is an achievement that you are proud of?
I think being in the industry for 25 years is an achievement. I didn’t realise I got there, but to think about it 25 years is long time.
Do you think your acting style has changed over the years?
Well, I hope so.. But I also think that the roles I select are very different throughout the years. When I first started acting I had no idea what I was doing, and I just took what ever came my way. Then I decided to take some acting classes in the UK which then made me realise that roles were given to me because of my look.. I mean that will always happen, I understand that I can’t play a kampung girl role. But they still offer me roles because of the way I look and I don’t accept those roles anymore unless the script is really well written. I no longer gain satisfaction from those sort of roles, because all you need is the image. I don’t mind if somebody gives me a supporting role, a smaller role so i’m doing something different and it’s not just a bout the way I look. It’s all about getting into character. So that’s what attracts me the most right now.
What is your best memory of Valentines day?
I only got to know Valentines day since I’ve been in Malaysia. When I was growing up in Switzerland , Valentines day wasn’t a big thing there. People know its Valentines day, but it wasn’t celebrated in a big way, and they don’t make a big deal like they do here. So when I was a young adult there, the time I would be celebrating Valentines day I didn’t have that.Personally I don’t like to go out on Valentines day, the restaurants are full, the food is over priced and the service is bad. I would rather stay home and cook a nice meal, and not necessarily to just be with my partner. But to be with a bunch of good friends, I think you should celebrate Valentine’s day everyday. Not just once a year.
What does love mean to you?
Oh wow, do we have time! I think for me I can experience love more when i’m being myself and i’m true to myself. I think love is one of the most powerful energy, and that if anything goes wrong you have to go back to love. Love is a very strong feeling and I definitely want that in my life, it balances me. Love makes the world go around.
Share something we don’t know about you?
I’m not sure if you know, but I recently turned 50. What I found about turning 50 was that I didn’t think about it but I was getting a lot of pressure from people around me. Like its such a big deal turning 50. To me its just a number, its more important how you feel and where you’re at in life. I had comments from people saying, “Dah Baci lah” (you’re stale) or You’re a has been.” There are also those who did comment saying, “Wow you’re 50 and you look amazing.” Suddenly, I was feeling uncomfortable, and what’s wrong with turning 50. I find that its everywhere, that people are afraid of growing old. I think that you should embrace it, and it really is a beautiful experience. Now that i’m 50 I can say this, when I was 25 I was insecure and didn’t know what I wanted, I had no clue what I was doing. But I don’t want to go back there. Sure I would like to have softer skin, less lines and a perkier butt. But I am very happy to be where I am and I think people need to embrace that. I think its most important to celebrate what we’ve achieved and who we have become. I’ma a friend, sister, daughter, and a mentor to some people. I think we should celebrate that instead of focusing on the wrinkles, saggy skin or the weight.I’m glad to be where I am.
Catch Deanna Yusoff in a new horror film “Aku Haus Darah Mu.” which will premiere in cinemas on the 2nd February 2017. She shares the screen with fellow actors Nad Zainal, Farhanna Qiamina and Zoey Rahman.
Watch the Movie Trailer here
Hair: Toni & Guy
Clothes: Justin Yap