Even in a room full of celebrities, it is not hard to spot actress Mimi Lana. This is not only due to her slim and tall figure – she stands at 1.78m – but because she carries herself with elegance, while projecting a gentle demeanour.
Mimi, whose full name is Mimi Rozaiana Zainal Abidin, was one of the celebrities attending the Media Prima TV Network’s Ramadan Raya Campaign held on April 17.
The 23-year-old first made her foray into acting after participating in the 2014/2015 Dewi Remaja beauty contest.
Ever since then, she’s been courted in various TV projects as well as modelling gigs.
In just five years, she has appeared in 15 dramas and 16 telefilms. Among them are Ku Tinggalkan Cinta Di Okinawa (2015), Halalkan Hati Yang Ku Curi (2018) as well as TV3’s 13-episode 2016 series Sein And Luna, which gave Mimi her big break.
The Taiping-born beauty is currently filming her latest serial, Cari Aku Di Syurga, which airs on TV3 at 10pm, starting from May 6. Directed by Shahrulezad Mohameddin (who also helmed the hit series Nur), the 18-episode drama co-stars Janna Nick and Aeril Zafril.
It revolves around a couple who gets married despite objections from their parents as they feel the financial status between the lovebirds is too vast.
As predicted by the parents, the couple breaks up as the one who grew up with wealth is unable to live in a poor condition. They both marry different people, but fate has them cross paths once again.
“I love acting,” said a thankful Mimi of her non-stop acting jobs. “I get this feeling of satisfaction when I am able to breathe life into a new role.”
1. What has been the most challenging role for you?
For (the telefilm) Neraka Kasih Maisara, I was asked to play an unmarried pregnant woman. It was a difficult role as I have never been in that situation. To make sure I play the character with conviction, I studied the script thoroughly, spoke to the director and discussed it with my friends.
2. You have been acting for five years now. Is there a dream role that you have yet to get?
I’d love to do an epic film in the scale of Puteri Gunung Ledang. It’s not really a popular genre in Malaysia any more, but I hope to be able to participate in such a film one day.
3. How do you know that you are doing a good job with each role you’ve taken on?
I see some of the comments people post on my Instagram account (@missmimilana) and so far I’ve only gotten positive feedback. If there had been any negative comments, I haven’t seen it yet (laughs). I also make sure to surround myself with people I trust, so I look to them to tell me what I am doing right and wrong.
4. Where do you think your love for acting comes from?
Maybe from my grandmother. She used to be a stage actress in the old days … during the P. Ramlee era. My parents, however, have never been involved in arts; my mother is a housewife and my father, who is now retired, used to work in a factory. Thankfully, my parents are fully supportive of my career.
5. You are taller than most Malaysian women ….
Everyone in my family is tall. My father and my older brother are taller than 6ft (1.8m). My younger brother, who is just a teenager, is as tall as I am.