Actor aspiring to ‘villain roles’

(Photo: Hisham Sweidan’s Facebook page)
AMMAN — For Hisham Swiedan, a teacher, director, and actor, life has always revolved around art. “I work as a drama teacher for a stable income because I can’t rely on the tiny income I make from my acting career,” he said.اضافة اعلان

Sweidan knew that he wanted to be an actor from a very young age. “It has been a passion of mine since I was in school, I used to collaborate with drama groups,” the artist said.

However, he faced difficulties trying to prove himself after he graduated as a drama student from Yarmouk University. “People in the field were trying to avoid me because they thought I was young and immature, but I fought for my place,” Sweidan said.

The actor’s support from his family and friends helped him overcome the challenges he faced in his early career, he said, adding that “they believed in me and in my art.”

Sweidan focuses on representing the human emotions with acting. “My main message is that I always talk about the human soul and heart, about what it feels to be a human being, and how (a person) reacts to certain situations.” Most recently, he started working on physical theater, which the artist explained as “the theater of the image, which includes less talking and more physical acting.”

As an artist, Sweidan draws inspiration from his day-to-day life. “I get inspired from the people around me, because I believe that we artists, we are a collection of feelings, from the events and situations around us,” he said, where any interaction between two people might give him the necessary spark for his performances.

When it comes to choosing a role, Sweidan goes for challenging ones to express his talent. “I don’t care if it’s the main role or not,” he added. “I like to play bold roles, psychodrama roles, and the villain role,” he explained, because they are far removed from his personality.

Sweidan said he stresses the importance of theater to his students. “I think students should have a theater class because it increases their self-confidence and they will know exactly how to walk, talk, and deal with certain situations,” the teacher said. “Theater can change the way students think.”

“Being an artist in Jordan is very difficult,” the teacher said. “We are not being appreciated,” Sweidan added, explaining that most work undertaken by actors is the result of personal efforts rather than employment.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the acting scene has faced a lot of challenges, Sweidan said. “My colleagues and I went through depression because we weren’t able to work and interact with the audience.”