Nora Danish juggles multiple roles in a day.

She is an actress who got her start in the 2005 sitcom Puteri and has been starring in many films and TV shows since. Nora is also a businesswoman who founded a clothing line, started two cafes and has her own brand of coffee.

Plus, with 3.6 million followers on Instagram and another 1.7 million on Twitter, she is one of the country’s most prominent social media personalities too.

In an interview, Nora, 34, lets us in on a different role altogether: A mother. Nora has a son – seven-year-old son Putra Rayqal Ramli – from her previous marriage with Rizal Ashram Ramli. “My mum is my mentor. She is strict but not too controlling. Rayqal can do what he wants and if he gets good results, I’ll give him a present,” she says.

“I’m not too controlling. There’s more love. I lost my father when I was 12, but the last time I saw him was when I was two, when he went to the United States to study. Because of that, I feel the need to give more love.”

Born in Kuala Terengganu, Nora also talks about being in the public eye all the time. She says she has accepted it as part and parcel of being a celebrity and has learned to deal with it: “For me, I do share my private life on Instagram with my fans, things like my routine and whenever I’m out with my family. There I don’t need to stress.”

 

Day 2. #norayqalraya2016

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Of late, the rumour mill has been abuzz with news that she will be tying the knot with boyfriend Nedim Nazri (pictured above in Nora Danish’s Instagram post) soon.

The actress’ latest project sees her lending her voice to Bryce Dallas Howard’s character Claire Dearing in the Bahasa Malaysia-dubbed version of Jurassic World, which is airing on HBO. “He was like ‘No way! No way!’ He was very excited,” Nora recalls when asked what Rayqal thought of her new gig.

1. From starting a clothing line to cafes, how did your passion for business come about?

When I was young, my mum opened a cafe and I helped her out at the cafe a lot. So, since I was young, I really wanted to be like my mum and have my own business.

When I started acting, I focused on that, and it’s been more than 10 years since I’ve been in this industry. When I started my clothing line and my cafes, I realised this is what I really want.

2. What about acting?

My passion is still in acting. I’m slowing it down a little to focus more on my cafes. I recently opened two in Bangi (Selangor) and Taman Tun Dr Ismail (Kuala Lumpur). I’m still acting, just not (filming) back-to-back like before. This time, I have to be more picky.

I love shooting TV series and maybe I’ll take on one after Hari Raya. I also have a film, Sayu Yang Syukur, directed by Aaron Aziz, which will be coming out soon.

3. You were raised by a single mother. What did you learn from her?

My mum is a very strong woman. Raising four of us, all girls, it wasn’t easy. The best part about her is she never gave up. Failure is not a full stop in life. I can always try and be better for the sake of my children.

That’s why when I first got divorced, I never saw that as a failure. I looked to my mum as an example.

 

 

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6 July 2016. With my son Putra Rayqal Ramli pada Hari Raya Aidilfitri. #norayqalraya2016

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4. What relationship advice would you give to your younger self?

Maybe, be more patient. To be a good wife is not easy. There’s a lot to learn. You can’t blame your partner, you have to blame yourself first.

So, for me, this time, I definitely want to be really ready so I can be a good wife, a good mother to my son.

5. What does your son think about having a famous mum?

I’ve never asked him that before but maybe for my son, sometimes, I can see from his face he’s very proud, like when fans say “hi” to his mother and take pictures. But sometimes, I can see he just wants to be with me all the time and not be so busy with my work.

At home, he’ll be like, “Mummy, where are you going now? Can’t you just tell them you can’t make it today?”