Next on the seat, we introduce Razan Nassar. A promising actress on the rise from West London, Razan appeared on the surface of the big screen in 2018. The aura Razan emanate’s is similar of her role as Tilly in Topboy, mesmerising yet intriguing. With a bright future ahead and landing a role in ‘Pistol’, Danny Boyle’s Sex Pistols biopic series, we speak to Razan decoding how she embodies the characters she’s assigned to play. She further explains how her Afro-Arab heritage influences her beauty whilst we also dip into her inspirations…
Razan wears Top by Miu Miu, Rings by Tiana Jewel, Little by Little and Earrings by Missoma and Tiana Jewel, Necklace by Miu Miu.
Where are you from? Tell us about your background?
I grew up in West London. My parents are from Sudan, with a few other influences in the mix including Egypt.
Where did your love for acting begin?
I’ve been drawn to storytelling, in all its forms. Particularly that of precise human experience. I watched a lot of films growing up and would write a lot. In truth, acting was never in the books for me, I somehow fell into it.
We’ve seen you as Tilly in Top Boy and Amber in Get Even, what type of roles can we expect you to be playing in the next year?
Currently portraying some cool punk legends in new limited series directed by Danny Boyle. More to come!
The ability to forget momentarily this identity we’ve built for ourselves and empathise with a whole new person. Our current world caters too much to introspection. To venture outside our minds and bodies is where new perspective awaits.
“— Razan Nassar.
What do you feel that you love the most about acting?
The ability to forget momentarily this identity we’ve built for ourselves and empathize with a whole new person. Our current world caters too much to introspection. To venture outside our minds and bodies is where new perspective awaits.
How do you bring a script to life?
In order to materialize a fictional character, you have to bring to life the characters needs and desires, arouse its senses. What they love or hate, their favourite foods and colours. I’ll start considering what my character would do in my day-to-day life to create that personable touch and imbue some soul.
Razan wears Dress by Miu Miu and Earrings by Missoma.
What is your earliest beauty memory?
Eyeliner. Thick cat eye liner, with black pencil liner on my water line. Growing up with a lot of Afro-Arab influence, emphasis on eye makeup was very evident.
What does your beauty routine look like?
My main focus is skin. I focus on regeneration and hydration of my skin, using products from The Ordinary and Drunk Elephant. A dewy look is preferred.
What is your haircare routine?
I’ve endured an interesting relationship with my hair, as any curly haired person would say. Thus, my haircare routine has changed a lot throughout the years. Growing up, there was little to no representation of curly hair, so its maintenance was hugely neglected. Shea butter is a staple in my haircare routine. I try to use all-natural products. Revive hair moisturiser from lush has stuck with me through the years. It smells great too!!
Are there any beauty products you never turn up to set without?
Weleda Skin food is always in my bag at all times.
Razan wears Jacket by Miu Miu, Earrings by Giovanni Raspini.
What are you currently reading that is keeping you inspired?
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. A beautiful blend of love and heartbreak. Tender depictions of experience we all universally go through.
Who is your beauty icon?
Sade. Experimental but effortless with her beauty.
Where can we expect to see you in 5 years?
Storytelling is special to me. I intend to embark on this in all its forms. I love writing too, to publish a novel perhaps.
Talent Razan Nassar at IMG
Creative Director/Shoot Producer Kiran Mariya
Photographer Joel Smedley
Set Design Jade Adeyemi
Stylists Zadrian + Sarah
Hair Stylist Shanice Noel
Make-Up Artist Scarlet Walker
Manicurist Edyta Betka
Photographer’s Assistant Zoë O’Shay
Set Design Assistant Lilly Soede
Stylists’ Assistant Xania Claire
Retoucher Danielle Painting
Special thanks to Miu Miu