Actor Amar Baharin’s face beams as he recalls the moment he found out he was going to be a father.
“I’m so happy today. I’ve been smiling from ear to ear,” says Amar, 31, at an event in Kuala Lumpur launching Astro’s new Bahasa Malaysia dramas.
Amar, who married actress Amyra Rosli, 25, in November 2016, just received confirmation the day before that his wife was seven weeks pregnant.
“A few days after we got back from Australia, where we shot a programme, Amyra was experiencing stomach pains and vomiting,” he recalls.
The couple, who has been trying for a baby, decided to do a home pregnancy test but the results were unclear. “She went on working like normal but then the pain got really intense yesterday. I took her to the hospital and we did a scan. When we finally saw it and heard the baby’s heartbeat, we felt really grateful. There are a lot of people who have difficulties getting a baby,” he continues.
Asked why the couple chose to go public with the news so early in the pregnancy (he broke the news on Instagram almost as soon as they found out), Amar responds: “Our industry is really small. When I went to the hospital yesterday, there were people who saw us, and people who tweeted (about it) so I can’t avoid these things. We discussed with each other and we wanted to share this news when we got the doctor’s confirmation.”
The doctor has ordered for Amyra to get as much rest as possible as she is in her first trimester.
“She’s a workaholic. So, now she has to force herself to rest. Even when she’s at home, she would be doing house chores. I want to change her mindset. I want her to understand that getting lots of rest is important for the baby,” he adds.
Although Amyra isn’t filming right now, she still has her hosting and endorsement duties that need to be postponed following the latest development.
Moving forward, the father-to-be says Amyra will still be working during her pregnancy but at a more relaxed pace.
“I have told her manager (who is also Amyra’s mother) not to accept any offers for long-running drama series. She can take on telemovies or hosting jobs where she doesn’t have to commit a lot time. Filming dramas can be taxing as it goes on to the wee hours of the morning, it’s not good for her health,” he says.
Speaking of long-running dramas, Amar – who is best known for his work in Kerana Terpaksa Aku Relakan – has built his entire career on them.
“I’ve been known to be an actor in TV dramas, and I love acting in them. The longer they are, the more I love them. Acting in these long dramas allow me to develop my character whereas with shorter narratives, the moment you get to (have a sense of your character), it’s over.”
Amar will be starring in the 21-episode drama Jadikan Aku Yang Kedua, to be aired on Astro Oasis in April. The drama marks Amar and Amyra’s first time acting opposite each other since they tied the knot.
“We get to go to work in one car and come home in one car which helps us save a lot,” he says with a laugh.
Indeed, being married so far has had no negative impact on the couple’s marketability. In fact, it’s been the opposite.
“Honestly, I was scared at first when people said that after you get married, there’ll be less job offers but I think that’s in the 1990s. We have been receiving so much more offers together. It’s been a blessing,” Amar shares.