#ManCrushMonday: Rami Malek

#ManCrushMonday: Rami Malek

Mr. Robot

Text: Adibah Isa

Image: Instagram | @ramimalekonline @josholins

Why Rami Malek is more than just eye candy

1. He gives hopes to minorities in entertainment
With his Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama as Elliot on Mr. Robot, Malek is the first minority actor in 18 years to win in that category. Born to Coptic Egyptian parents (his mother is an accountant and his father used to sell insurance) who moved to America, the 35-year-old gives other Egyptian or Arab-Americans hope that the roles in Hollywood will not be restricted to the hijacker, the terrorist or the wealthy oil tycoon.

"For me to stand here as not the typical leading man and to have come home with this speaks a lot about where we're headed," he said at the Emmys. "In this day and age, the American son no longer has a quintessential look. I think Mr. Robot reflects that," he adds in another interview. 



2. There's more than one of him
Well, kind of. Rami Said Malek (his full name) is a twin, with a brother named Sami. Sami, the younger twin by four minutes, is a teacher. In their youth, the brothers once played the good old switcheroo — Rami once pretended to be Sami to perform a Greek monologue just so that his twin could get the points that will earn him his degree. The twins also have a sister who's an ER doctor.

3. You might recognise him from one of the Twilight movies
Before Malek knocked it out of the park as a hacker in Mr. Robot, he played an Egyptian vampire in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2. Malek's character, Benjamin helps the Cullens with his power of influencing the elements. He also played another Egyptian, King Ahkmenrah in the Night at the Museum trilogy with Ben Stiller and Robin Williams. He also had three lines in an episode of the Gilmore Girls in Season Four, playing Andy, a member of Lane's bible study group.

4. Kirsten Dunst and him go way back
In a video interview with Variety, it's revealed that Malek and Kirsten Dunst went to high school together at the Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks in Los Angeles. He was a grade older than her and according to Dunst, he was "the biggest flirt". Dunst remembered him in Bye Bye Birdie, and although they weren't in drama together, they shared a musical theatre class. 

5. He's in a show that's set for success
Psychological drama Mr. Robot received six Emmy nods this year. He also won a Golden Globe earlier this year. In fact, Malek was already nominated for the same role last year, but lost out to Jon Hamm. This year, Malek's nominees included Kyle Chandler (Bloodline), Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) and Kevin Spacey (House of Cards). If you haven't caught onto Mr. Robot, you should. The story follows the depressed Elliot Alderson as he attempts to bring down a corporate giant while fighting against his mental illness. 

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