On the set of “Rate your Date”
LEAD: Nilam, on the set of your new one Movie “Rate your Date”, you seem to have had a lot of fun. Were there any Instagram stories?
Nilam Farooq: Funnily not in this particular case. Although I always post anecdotes from the set, this show with my colleagues was a purely private pleasure. Exclusive material for you, so to speak.
Already as a child “a star”
Shows were already your thing as a child. Do you like to think back to this analogue time?
Definitely. At age five, my analog stage was my parents’ living room. I got my first mobile phone when I was 14. Dad always saw me as a politician, Mom was already closer. She tapped moderator. They are both proud today.
Charity start-up: Share
For the charity start-up share you were in 2018 in Liberia. How did you let your followers participate?
I have accompanied the project a lot with stories and posts on Instagram. Especially because I totally support the idea of Share, which creates a new well with every bottle of water sold. Since then, I also know how valuable water is as a resource.
First big trip: Chile
What was your trip to the Chilean Atacama Desert?
This desert is so far the most beautiful place in the world for me! The occasion was the turn of my first major TV lead role, I played a half-Chilean. For the first time, I named my real name on YouTube. I said nothing about the shooting. When this became public, a Shitstorm …
Stage of life: YouTube
With more than a million followers, you were at times the most successful German YouTuberin. How was this period of life for you?
Exciting! And crazy. Because that was during the total YouTube hype, as the media plunged onto the platform and I was suddenly extremely focused. At that time I spoke in front of 5000 people and almost died during my short speech.
On the set of “Sweethearts” with Hannah Herzsprung and Karoline Herfurth
Today, you mainly focus on acting. Did your social media success help you a lot?
Yes and no. Although I had a name, the more beautiful it was for me that I was chosen for Karoline Herfurth’s film “Sweethearts” really only because of my talent and not because of the number of my followers.
First main role and second family: Nilam with the cast of “SOKO Leipzig”
Your first engagement on TV was at “SOKO Leipzig” – and lasted six years! What was special about the role?
The whole cast was like my second family. I first played an assistant, but then slipped into the role of “digital expert”. I was often seen using a tablet, which I used to track down the criminals online.
Own jewelry collection
You also designed some jewelry collections. Do the pieces have a deeper meaning?
Oh yeah. Many designs are inspired by my trip to Chile and express the magic this trip had for me. That’s why the collections probably went down well with the fans as well. The picture captures the moment when I saw the pieces for the first time.
Social detoxing in Sri Lanka
How difficult is social detoxing for you – for example, in Ayurveda in Sri Lanka?
Not at all. My phone does not stick to my hand. It was nice to go from one extreme to the other and to reflect on the “real life” again. Although many would have loved to be online.
Nilam as Digital Native in New York
Your move to New York was a milestone, today you live in Berlin again. What did you take with you from the time?
Especially the fact that digital natives can really work everywhere. As long as I had a camera and a background cloth, I could produce content anytime and still reach the same people. Crazy digital world!