The Flash’s Kausar Mohammed Confronts Imposter Syndrome, the Shallow Diversity in Hollywood, and how Voice Acting Wasn’t in her Original Plan
Los Angeles, CA (March 21, 2023): Dinner Party and “Monster High” actor, Kausar Mohammed spoke with Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition on this week’s episode of Hollywood at Home – a podcast diving into uncut and uncensored realities with the entertainment industry who’s who. Kausar Mohammed tells us how she battles imposter syndrome, what it’s like being queer in Hollywood, how diversity is still missing from the big screen, and why she didn’t know what voice acting was until it was too late.
Highlights from Hollywood at Home featuring Kausar Mohammed:
Gay Panic Gripped Her Emotions on Set: “I was like just a little queer baby…I wasn’t totally out yet. I was figuring out what it meant to be queer in the industry… [and] out as Muslim… [I had] a panic attack in my trailer. Just feeling so much imposter syndrome… [It’s] those moments in the trailer that always freaked me out… I hate being confined.”
Finding Herself in a Queer Character: “We get to see a queer storyline… [It] was really special and came up really organically… I started developing my own connection and my own resonance with it… There was no agenda to it… The character felt like [she] came from me and I came from the character.”
Fake Diversity on the Big Screen: “I feel like there are a lot of superficial changes and I hope that those superficial changes can further lead to more institutional and systemic changes… 360 diversity. If we’re going to be having diversity on camera, we need diversity off camera. We need it at every level, from executive producers to the actors, to writers, to wardrobe, and hair and makeup… I’m still concerned for our trans siblings [and non-binary siblings] who aren’t getting the right representation.”
Accidents Can be Blessings – Voice Acting Found Kausar: “I stumbled into it. I never knew voice acting was a thing… All you have is your voice [and] how much you have to be willing to find the voice along the way… [I have to] listen and read between the lines… [so I can] keep moving forward with the voice and the role and without losing its authenticity and without losing the reason they booked you in the first place…”
More about Hollywood at Home:
Hosted by The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk, “Hollywood at Home” brings listeners intimate portraits, key moments of discovery, and “art and soul” conversations with iconic entertainment industry personalities from the big screen to the boardroom, from L.A. to D.C. Listen now at http://thecreativecoalition.org/podcast.
Previous guests include Sheryl Lee Ralph (“Abbott Elementary”), Marlee Matlin (“CODA”), Jason Alexander (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Alan Cumming (“Schmigadoon!, “The Good Wife”), Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “The Middle”), Eric McCormack (“Will and Grace”), Willie Garson (“And Just Like That…”), Colman Domingo (“Euphoria”), Kerry Ehrin (“The Morning Show”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”), Ken Olin (“This is Us,” “Thirtysomething”), Anthony Rapp (“Star Trek: Discovery”), Julie Taymor (“The Lion King”), and Alfre Woodard (Clemency,” “Luke Cage”), among others.
More about The Creative Coalition:
Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating its members on issues of public importance, and harnesses the unique platforms of the arts community and entertainment industry to make positive impacts on social welfare issues. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s President. For more information, visit https://thecreativecoalition.org.
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