Mena Massoud, star of Aladdin and GQ Middle East cover star has a refreshingly honest take on everything. He's also a secret push-up machine, as demonstarted in this exclusive behiond the scenes video recorded on the day of his shoot.
Whether choosing a favourite between Arab singing legends Amr Diab or Cheb Khaled, or talking about how fame has changed him (hint: he still goes to his local gym and Walmart) Massoud is always honest and on-point.
He also gave his take on famously being a vegan.
“Vegans do what they do, most them, because they care,” said Massoud. “They care about you, the care about the planer, the care about the animals, and it’s never a malicious thing or a pretentious thing, it’s more like, we’re trying to be better.
Moving on to discuss Hollywood perceptions, Massoud revealed that starring in billion-dollar movie brings its own challenges and does not necessarily transform your career overnight.
And did we mention the push-ups? There are lots and lots of push-ups.
Massoud was one of the top attractions at the GQ Middle East Men of the Year awards at Louvre Abu Dhabi in October, and delighted the guests with his acceptance speech.
“I just want to say that it’s been an amazing year and I’m very proud to share it with Egypt and the Middle East, thank you,” he said, before adding some words of thanks in Arabic.
“I thank you all,” he said. “Your support has been very beautiful all year and I hope that we will be celebrating many more things in the coming years, not just with me, but with other Arab and Egyptian artists. Thank you very much, thank you.”
Massoud later joined GQ Middle East Man of the Year winner Mohamed Salah and other celebrities and VIP guests at the after-party at Edition Abu Dhabi.