Always one to stand up for what she believes in, November cover star Yasmine Sabri was plenty vocal about her goal to see more Arabs on the big screens in Hollywood. “I always see so many celebrities on the red carpet in Hollywood but I never see Arabs,” she tells Bazaar. “I want to break through this and be the first one, but also not the last.”
And with the announcement of Disney’s Aladdin being remade into a live-action flick, the Egyptian actress took her chance and auditioned for the role of Princess Jasmine.
“They were casting for the role of Princess Jasmine, looking everywhere around the world. I sent so many pictures and then got a call from the casting agent for an interview, and then they asked if I could sing,” Yasmine hilariously reveals to Bazaar on her November cover shoot.
“I had to send them a tape of me singing 'A Whole New World'...I tried so many times. I’d drive and sing, at the gym, in the shower...But it was horrible. I was horrible! I didn’t hear back."
Around the time of auditions, the 31-year-old, who missed out on the opportunity to British-Indian actress Naomi Scott, wanted the role so badly, was retweeting fans who also wanted to see her play the role of Princess Jasmine.