She wants to break into M'sia
By the end of this year, local actress-host Nadiah M. Din (above) hopes to be a familiar face in the Malaysian entertainment industry.
In the words of the ambitious 24-year-old: "I want them to think of me and say, 'I want her.'"
That five-year-old dream is becoming a reality.
Nadiah has slowly been gaining popularity across the Causeway after she landed a seven-page Fendi fashion spread in Glam (Malaysia) magazine in April and starred in Malaysian telemovie Sandiwara and dramedy Fail Riz - all this while still making a splash at home.
The Suria and Channel 5 celebrity returns to Mata Mata 2, reprising her role as Hani, but this time as an assistant superintendent (ASP) and not a lower-ranking police officer.
"It feels exciting to have new people on board, especially those as famous as Pan Ling Ling and Rebecca Lim. I'm not the one dishing out tips, but instead, I learn from them," she said. She will also be in local Malay drama Danny The Series as Sarah, a love interest of Danny (played by Malaysian actor Sharnaaz Ahmad), and in musical movie Sinaran as a campus diva-turned-teacher's pet.
She will take her talent off-screen in August, when she stars in a play called The Women (Wanita) as part of the Esplanade's annual Pesta Raya festival.
Despite her growing fame here, Nadiah is determined to break into Malaysia, saying: "It is a bit of a dilemma, but I know, ultimately, that is where I want to grow and go further in my career."
She has started networking widely to find out more about the industry, looking to the likes of Malaysian actress-host Neelofa and local Kuala Lumpur-based actress Wahyu Rahman for tips and advice.
"I meet Neelofa for lunch or dinner whenever I am in KL and she often tells me that it can be tough, especially with the competition among female celebrities.
"I'm nervous about competing in a bigger market, but if I don't succeed, at least I would have tried. Even (local KL-based star) Aaron Aziz had to struggle when he was trying to carve out a name for himself," Nadiah said.