Iron man Iron Man USA April 2017 - Page 58

“I don’t believe in a plan B. If you focus on two different things, you will never accomplish one. Plan A is acting and I’m sticking with that. There is no plan B.” MC: You had a big break last year when you were cast in the video for Britney Spears’ hit “Slumber Party.” What’s it like to star in a video with 58 million views and counting? SA: The video was very fun. The produc- tion was amazing. I had one of the best times of my life. It was a last-minute booking for me that was not supposed to happen, but I’m glad it did. It was fun, it was amazing. It took two days to shoot it, and I was the love interest of Britney. The director, Colin Terry, is very good at making music videos. He does an amaz- ing job. It’s become an iconic thing. That video went crazy. MC: Considering the current political climate, are you proud to be a role model for immigrants? SA: Definitely. Of course. I came from Iran, and we have some of the greatest people who have made their marks. I 56 APRIL 2017 | ironmanmagazine.com don’t think I have made my own mark yet, but it is something that people look up to. I love being inspirational to peo- ple. And I am very flattered that some people recognize that. I moved here nine years ago. I have experienced the Amer- ican Dream. If I can do it, anyone can do it. I am very flattered that I can inspire other people. MC: Who is your favorite group to inspire? SA: The group closest to my heart is defi- nitely kids. They always have a hero. As a child growing up, I had people I looked up to. I had coaches, and they made such a big impact on me and were so inspiring to me. I know how important that is. I have always worked with kids. I see the impact in the kids I have inspired, and it is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. They make you feel like a million dollars. It’s something that moves my heart. IM Go to our YouTube channel to see behind-the-scenes: youtube.com/ironmanmagazine.