Sometimes on sets there are misunderstandings, where the director, for example, doesn’t know the difference between Iranian people and Arabs. And when you say that Iranians are not Arabs, they ask you, “Aren’t you Muslim?” And you say, “Yes. But that is totally different.”
"About Elly” was the first time that I was thinking seriously about acting,"
There are two kinds of hesitations I have when I read scripts. One is, like many other actors, you must like the role, the script, and want to be a part of the project. And other times there are political movies, movies I don’t like to watch, let alone participate in making them.
To Ali, all American girls are “Blondie.” That’s funny.
Paul Malcolm, film programmer at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, said that Moadi's performance in “About Elly” is the center of the film. "Even though we see his character making bad decisions we can sympathize with him because they are honest decisions,"