Working with Bella Hadid and Examining Polygamy in “Ramy,” Ramy Youssef
About Ramy Youssef
The character, specifically. Ramy Youssef, the show’s creator and star, is in a more certain creative space than ever before. Ramy confessed to Zainab (MaameYaa Boafo) that he had cheated on her with his own cousin (Rosaline Elbay) the night before on their wedding night in the Season 2 finale “You Are Naked in Front of Your Sheikh,” and Season 3 starts with a full embrace of the scumbag Ramy has become.
He quit working for his dirty uncle Naseem (Laith Nakli, who also plays him) to create his own rival company in the diamond area of New York City. Without the spiritual direction of Zainab Malik’s father, Sheikh Ali Malik (Mahershala Ali), he has no life outside of his profession. Even though he is now wealthy, he is almost friendless due to his disregard of his old closest friend Steve (Steve Way).
Boomer, the dog that the Sheikh had Ramy rescue in Season 2, is Ramy’s primary source of solace. But even that disappears. Ramy looks to his nights with a sex prostitute named Olivia (Sarita Choudhury) for purpose in place of God, and the two mistakenly murder Boomer. He finally starts to think about himself because he has so few surviving ties to his previous life. The conclusion, “We Gave It All Up For Hot Dogs,” leaves up the possibility that Ramy may turn around.
The decision to shoot in Jerusalem seemed obvious. We were thrilled to be a part of the incredibly dynamic and emerging Palestinian film industry by Working people with their great crew. The episode’s director, Annemarie Jacir, was a fantastic teammate.
We spent a lot of time and thought creating this episode. We have Muslim and Jewish authors in our writers’ room, and [the episode] showcases a wide range of the dialogues we have. Evidently, this is a contentious subject, and I’ve always wondered how you could make Ramy the worst asshole in the entire situation in the context of the complicated Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
By annoying everyone on every side of the argument, how can we ever come together? Bring forth the most human themes while doing so: A nation state is what? What are the requirements for a nation state? The main takeaway from the show, in my opinion, has always been the discussion of [Noam] Chomsky. The expense of having a nation is quite costly.
Ramy is forced to consider what it means to be an American in much the same manner that we all probably do when we evaluate it through a very global lens.
We were simply having fun in the space. The joke that “The Office” is enough to keep two people together led to a number of individuals discovering that they were simply largely watching “The Office” when they were dating someone. Ramy finds it hard to accept that despite Steve having a wonderfully attractive girlfriend, they are just dating because they both adore.
” The most crucial aspect of their connection is that. We were laughing so hard over it. It was one of our most dramatic episodes before becoming Bella. She performed the script exactly as intended, yet she added something to it that was really unique and surprising.