Don’t let this 22-year-old beauty fool you. Having appeared in TV commercials since the age of 15, Iqra has worked in major projects with Hum TV, like the critically acclaimed Kissey Apna Kahein, the successful Romantic thriller drama serial Muqaddas in which she played the titular role, and Mol. She has also starred in Kisay Chahoon in Deewana, Choti Si Zindagi and Jannat as well as currently acting in ARY’s Ghairat. Sana Zehra catches up with the actress and learns more about her professional and personal life
If you weren’t an actress you would be…?
Nothing! Won’t be breathing.
Best career advice you ever got?
My mom told me to always be honest with my work.
Most gracious response to rejection or any career set back you’ve given?
Whatever happens happens for a good reason.
Least gracious response to rejection or any career set back you’ve given?
I’d rather not say.
Three qualities that you got you where you are today?
Being humble—it’s important for actors to recognize that it is extremely important to stay humble and not to fly high.
Moment you felt you made it?
After the teasers of my drama when everybody came to me and asked me questions, like was it difficult to play this character? I just felt like I had made it.
Regarding which character?
That character is Saba in Ghairat.
Most agonizing career decision you have ever made?
I don’t know. Not telling you (Laughs)
Easiest career decision you ever made and how did you make it?
I was only thirteen when I decided that I wanted to be in showbiz. And that’s how it all started.
What kind of work would you do for free?
Favourite part of the job?
Playing different characters—for three to four hours I’m one and the other twelve to fourteen hours I’m someone else. Your behaviour changes, habits changes and you transform into the character you fell in love with when you first read the script.
Worst pitfall of the job?
You get very little time with family.
What will your career look like in five years?
InshaAllah, I’ll be a very seasonal and professional actress.
Change you would like to see in this industry?
I want to whisper all the secrets to you. (Laughs)
How did you make your first buck?
When I was only thirteen, I did a TVC (commercial) and that’s how I made my first buck.
Who do you admire and why?
I admire my sister and my mother. They are the strongest women I know; they are self made and independent. It’s difficult for women to achieve this in our society and preserve their good name, but they did it and I’m very proud of them.
Why is that so?
My mother is a single mother and it was very difficult for her to make it, but she did; she is also the first Careem female driver.
Last series you binge watched?
What book left a lasting impression?
I don’t read books I watch movies.
Which song always makes you cry?
Any song that I can relate to
Which movie left a lasting impression?
Pursuit of Happiness
Which song best describes your life?
Haven’t thought about it
What’s on your bucket list?
To travel alone
If you could live in another country where would it be?
What should everyone try at least once in their lifetime?
Go out by themselves
Superhero power you’d like to have?
Flying—I want to be Supergirl.
Have you ever been in love?
Craziest thing you’ve done for love?
There was a curfew in Karachi and I travelled from onepart of Karachi to the other to meet this boy.
What does GT mean to you?
It’s always good times!