Translated from Spanish
The Turkish actor of the moment spoke with Infobae to reveal some details of his next job challenge and his life.
Interview by Monica Mendoza
Original article in Spanish here.
An intimate conversation with Akin Akinözü reveals the moment of reflection that he is going through and that, apparently, has weighed heavily when choosing the roles he wants to play. This interview, divided into two parts, allows you to learn more about the person behind the famous actor.
In recent years, Turkish productions have stolen the attention of many viewers in different parts of the world, causing a boom in which the protagonists of their biggest hits are considered international stars. Akinözü is one of the most acclaimed actors for his fans in the world. And, although he is very jealous of his private life, in each interview he shows himself as a simple man, a lover of challenges and of studying humanity.
Akin starred in the three-season series Hercai , which had a rating of more than one million views on each episode in the United States alone. The expectation for his next challenge was high and the question that many are asking is what led him to choose this production over many other offers he received. The game of my destiny leads him to act alongside Öykü Karayel ( Contraband Love ).
What will be seen in the game of my destiny
The central story portrays the complex life of Asiye ( Öykü Karayel ), a 30-year-old woman who is the mother of two children, with an abandonment wound following the death of her mother. Therefore, her father decides to raise her. At 17, he ends up marrying Cemal ( Akin Akinözuü ). They both form a family with two children: Nergis and Umut. But that does not turn out to be a happy marriage, since economic problems begin to swarm in their day to day. As a consequence, Cemal decides to marry a woman with a lot of money and abandons his initial family. This plot twist comes when Ayise meets Mahir (Sarp Apak).
On this occasion, the Ankara-born actor will play a character about whom very little is known, it is expected that he will take an antagonistic role that will test both his companions and himself. And, for him, it was a challenge to impersonate a man with dark intentions. “In the end we are all human. We have a dark side and a light side. Whatever you want to call it. A dark side, a white side. And it looks like he’s the bad boy and I want to go down that road, “ Akinözü said.
What motivated the heartthrob of the Turkish series to take the antagonist that he is about to develop is that, over time, he will have to discover himself, reveal a hidden side that he did not know. Both for his character and for himself. In addition, he confesses that the name of the story makes it even more striking. So, for Akin, it is one more challenge to assimilate new experiences. “It is a lot to learn. This character gave me his vision of what to discover, to learn many things that, in a way, resonate in this period of my life. The name of the story is The Game of My Destiny and it feels as if it were –literally– the game of my destiny ” , highlights the actor.
The actor finds it interesting to be able to play [sic] Cemal, since it allows him to do a more spontaneous exploration of the first impression, in this case, of his character. Generally, society exerts a type of pressure creating expectations that emerge from stereotypes and the ‘should be’. “Those are the main points of my character: the expectations, especially, in today’s society that is a drama about men. A lot of expectations, a lot of pressure on a young man ” , emphasizes Akinözü.
The Game of My Destiny is an Ottoman series produced by NGMMedya, the same one carried out by The Ambassador’s Daughter , directed by the director of this new StarTV bet, Emre Kabakuşak . This cast has been joined by actors of the caliber of Miran Aslanbey along with Öykü Karayel , (‘Ipek’ in Contraband Love ).
Akin Akinözü: from mathematics to acting
Who would believe that Akinözü studied mathematics? Although it sounds strange, the actor attended the TED Institute and the University of California, Berkeley to study numbers, for more than 6 years. His journey to be an actor took several years in which that passion was still dormant in his deepest desires. Soon after, that dream woke up and allowed himself the opportunity to act. So Akin says: “From studying math to acting was a big decision and now I realize that if I hadn’t made that decision, it would have been a big mistake. I am very happy to have done it ” .
“Many times people regret something, especially what they did not do. But not because of what they did and, after many years, they realize that there was an opportunity and they did not take it, ” says the actor regarding his dreams.
He is the son of the Turkish actress Özlem Akınözü and the restaurateur, Tamer Akınözü . His paternal grandfather, Süreyya Arın , was one of the first legendary presenters on Turkish Radio and Television (TRT). While, Süha Arın , his great-uncle is regarded as the pioneer of documentaries in Turkey. With a multicultural family, who had already charted a path within the entertainment world, it was confirmed that this star was destined to shine in various productions. “Sometimes you make decisions when you cannot make immature decisions and you make decisions when you are very young. So, with this project I am very excited to start that journey “, says the actor, who now reaps quite a notorious success.
In the next installment you will discover what he did, for the first time in his life thanks to this new character, how he deals with fame and even what led him to leave his career, among other details. The game of my destiny will premiere on Star tv. The exact date has not yet been confirmed.
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