premiers tonight, and tomorrow I take an early-morning flight to Lahore. I’m excited to watch the movie, and for it to begin its own journey in the cool, dank, red-carpeted cinema houses of Pakistan.
But I’m also saying bye (for now) to my three co-stars with whom I’ve spent every waking hour for the last two weeks, promoting #7DMI
in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi.
I wanted to say a little bit about each of them, and how lucky I feel to have been in their company.
Amna: honest AF, a straight shooter, jaw-droppingly stunning. (Also prone to fits of delirium—like yesterday, during a video interview, when she made us ALL incoherent with laughter, tumbling onto each other on a sofa making hissing noises). It was our, umm, best interview. Amna is the quintessential modern woman: forthright, progressive, a doer and a fighter. I’ll cherish our conversation on the bus going from Lahore to Islamabad. It was raining — thundering! — on the motorway; we were running late and had cancelled our promotional commitment in Islamabad (we ended up promoting the movie at 1 am to a charged crowd!) In the bus I went and sat next to Amna for a few hours. We chatted about our lives, and I found Amna’s honesty — about her ambition (it’s so hard for women to talk about their ambition let alone admit to having any!), her fears, her take on love, the things that give her joy and those that unsettle her — so refreshing. I vowed to become more like her in the questions I pose to myself about the things I care about. Thank you, Amna, for teaching me how to be braver. ALL my love and admiration.
Sherry: Focused, creative, so completely absorbed by his work — and yet always ready to bust out a move! It's rare to find a male co-star who isn't creepy, who doesn't talk in inneundo, in whose company one is consistently delighted. I was down a few times during our very hectic promotional schedule (once running a fever, once just nervous), and Sherry noticed the drop in my energy. "You okay?" he asked. He gave me a hug, and said something both practical and sweet to buoy me. *continued in comments*