“People have always thought that in order to be a successful actress, you need to be in Hollywood. Luckily, I can be right here in my hometown of Vancouver and get to work with some incredible people in the Film and Television industry.”
Aliza is a 26 year old full-time actress, most widely known for her role as Layla on CBC’s hit series Little Mosque on the Prairie. Recently, she has played roles on CW’s iZombie and Fox’s The X-Files. Aliza praised her parents for their support of her career saying, “When I started working as an actor at 14, my dad made a deal with me: if I let him teach me how to invest my income and become self sufficient with my finances, he would support me through Theatre school.” A lot of Aliza’s current roles are playing medical professionals. She told me, “I get asked a lot if I am frustrated with being typecast, but in all honesty I don’t feel like I am being typecast at all. To me, I feel great when I play a doctor or a nurse on television because I feel like I am representing a group of intelligent diverse women, and hopefully that will inspire all types of young girls that they too can be doctors, teachers, scientists, actresses or anything they choose. The world is their oyster and I am simply a way for them to see the possibilities.” To continue, I asked Aliza if she feels visibly Muslim and she told me, “I think I am perceived as a westernized Indian woman…I find that whenever a person makes the assumption that I am Muslim, it is based on my skin tone. I actually get the assumption of not being Muslim more often, because of the notion that I don’t ‘look or act Muslim,’ whatever that means to them.”
What is your favourite hobby or pastime?
"I love to dance! Ever since I was a little girl I thought I was going to become a Bollywood dancer. It's an activity where I don’t have time to think, I just feel. The second I hear the music, I forget the world around me. "
What is a fun fact about you that you haven’t told me yet?
"I used to walk on my tippy toes. Still do actually, but mostly in the kitchen. I’ll want to reach for something on a shelf and suddenly realize I’m already on my toes. It’s a problem. I’m working on it. The fun part is, I can go en pointe for about two seconds which is pretty cool. I always felt like rose from titanic! "
What is one thing you know for sure?
"That good things in life always come when you least expect it."