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Exclusive interview with Alhashmi Alfaisal and Joud Alsofyani from “Tahir’s House”

Exclusive interview with Alhashmi Alfaisal and Joud Alsofyani  from “Tahir’s House”

Netflix has a new hit show that’s taking the streaming platform by storm, and it’s a unique portrayal of life in Jeddah. “Tahir’s House,” as the series is titled, has been receiving rave reviews from viewers worldwide for its authentic depiction of the city’s culture and its relatable characters.

The show, which is the brainchild of talented actors and creators, Alhashmi and Joud, follows the lives of a group of friends as they navigate the ups and downs of life in Jeddah. What sets “Tahir’s House” apart is not just its engaging storyline, but the genuine chemistry among the cast, especially between Alhashmi and Joud who play siblings on screen.

Alhashmi, reflecting on the overwhelming success of “Tahir’s House,” shared his thoughts: “For me personally, this is my first work, and I am proud of it. The pressure was high when we finished shooting, and people started saying how it will be translated into many languages and will be available all over the world. And then I started to realize the scale of this work and how it will actually reach the whole world.”

Joud, who plays a pivotal role in the series, expressed her excitement: “In my opinion, it was like a dream come true. On 19 October 2021, I wrote on Instagram to Netflix ‘Take me’ and used a funny emoji, and then 2 years later, I was selected, and I was able to make my dream come true step by step.”

Exclusive interview with Alhashmi Alfaisal and Joud Alsofyani from "Tahir's House"
Joud Al Sofyani, portraying the character Aziza

One of the most remarkable aspects of “Tahir’s House” is the convincing portrayal of the sibling relationship among the characters. According to Joud: “We spent months together before shooting. Our acting coach Rami was forcing us to meet every day for at least 4 hours, face to face, reading the scripts, practicing, and trying everything.”

Exclusive interview with Alhashmi Alfaisal and Joud Alsofyani from "Tahir's House"
Alhashmi Alfaisal who portrays Yousef

Alhashmi added, “The character wasn’t that different from me. But the mystery between the characters, as mentioned by Jude, and every time we sat together, I was working with a team that helped in everything.”

The series not only resonates with viewers because of its compelling characters but also because of the strong connection between the actors and their real-life personalities. Alhashmi remarked, “The main connection between us is that he [Youssef] spent a lot of time growing up on the streets of Jeddah, and so did I.”

Joud found a deep connection with her character, Azizah: “Azizah is a character that no one took her opinion seriously, and they never listened to her. I was able to relate to that because we lived these times together a few years back when women were not as empowered as today.”

Exclusive interview with Alhashmi Alfaisal and Joud Alsofyani from "Tahir's House"

One of the most refreshing aspects of “Tahir’s House” is its focus on Jeddah’s unique identity. As Alhashmi noted, “There is a shortage of making movies with the Jeddawi identity. They always create ones with a focus on Riyadh and the Najdi and they forget the Jeddawi because it does sound good on camera and so on.”

When asked about their favorite moments during the making of “Tahir’s House,” both actors had nothing but praise for the entire experience. Alhashmi expressed, “This experience will always stick with me and will always have a special place in my heart.”

Jude added, “It’s not my first work, but this is one of the most pleasant experiences. I was able to reach one of my dreams to reach Netflix and represent this beautiful city.”

As for favorite scenes from the show, Jude mentioned a memorable moment from the fourth episode, and Alhashmi agreed, highlighting the same scene for its impact.

In conclusion, “Tahir’s House” on Netflix is a captivating journey through the vibrant streets of Jeddah. With its authentic representation of Jeddah’s culture, relatable characters, and the incredible chemistry among the cast, it’s no wonder that the show has received such positive reviews from viewers around the globe.

Don’t miss the chance to explore the charms of Jeddah and join in the laughter, tears, and unforgettable moments of this groundbreaking series. “Tahir’s House” is not just a show; it’s a heartfelt tribute to a city’s essence, brought to life on your screens.



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