“When I was young, I survived a virus in my nervous system. If it weren’t for my parents, who almost started to argue to get me into the hospital because they thought – and rightly so – that there was something wrong with me, I probably wouldn’t be here today. That is a sickening thought, and it has made me appreciate the small things in life more. It is important to me not to take anything for granted.”
Is that why you have become involved in politics
“I was born into a politically involved Kurdish family, so I think that’s why I feel I have a responsibility to engage in the Kurdish cause. I have friends and relatives in Kurdistan who rely on our help to make their everyday life a little easier. That is also why I have become the co-leader of ‘Ungkurd’, a youth organization working for Kurdish rights both here in Norway and in the Kurdish parts of the Middle East.”
Are you committed in other fields as well?
“I guess I am above average fond of makeup, even though it’s not at the same level as my interest in politics. I like to watch makeup artists put on makeup in front of a camera. Makeup is a way to express yourself, just like the clothes you choose to wear. It is exciting when you can look upon yourself as a canvas and emphasize your best features.”
What do you want to do when you grow up?
“I’m not quite sure of what I want to study, but I know I want some kind of influence in the society. It will definitely be something to do with politics.”
When do you get embarrassed?
“The most embarrassing think I can imagine – and this happens quite often when I get embarrassed – is that the people around me notice and make fun of me. That makes me even more embarrassed.”
And what makes you proud?
“It can be when I’m sitting at the kitchen table with my little brother to help him with his homework, and he suddenly understands what he did wrong before.”
If you had visitors and wanted to show them the nicest place in Oslo, where would that be?
“I think I would bring them to the forest close to where I live, because it feels like being in a Norwegian folk tale. If I were to show them around in the city, I would take them to the Viking ship museum at Bygdøy, as you don’t get to see Viking ships every day. We would also visit Holmenkollen for the view, and Akershus fortress for a photo shoot by the canons. If we had more time, I would show them the Vigeland sculpture park, and in the summer we would go for a swim at Huk beach.”
Do you watch SKAM?
“Yes, it is the kind of show where I smile through the whole episode. It is very well carried out, especially the fact that you can see the characters’ private messages, group chats and social media profiles.”
How do you feel about Sana being the main character in season four?
“I wanted this to be Magnus’ season. I don’t know why – maybe the cat lover theme appeals to me? I was a bit disappointed when I heard that Sana got the season, but I love to watch it now.”
What is it like to go to the actual school featured in SKAM, Hartvig Nissen?
“It’s nothing special about it, except the fact that a lot of tourists come to take pictures of the school.”
Skam is a Norwegian teen drama TV series about the daily life of teenagers at the Hartvig Nissen School, a gymnasium in the West End borough of Frogner in Oslo. The series is created by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK).