It’s an understatement to say that Ayman Samman has some very unique stories to tell. He’s more than just an actor, although he has been racking up some impressive credits lately, including parts on “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Pretty Little Liars,” and the Oscar nominated “American Sniper.” Samman graduated from Helwan University with a degree in Egyptology, and his Middle Eastern background and language skills (he is a native Arabic speaker but also speaks English without an accent) have served him well as he has forged a career across multiple areas of performing in addition to acting. He is just as comfortable on a stage singing indie rock, performing comedy around L.A., or acting for the theater in such far flung places as Egypt and Chicago, in addition to his work in TV and film.
Since moving to L.A., Samman has been recognized by critics and has worked in some high-profile projects, plays, and shorts. And while his part in Clint Eastwood’s taut drama “American Sniper” may have been small, the actor is intent on using it as a springboard to bigger and better things. Through his theater and live performance pieces, Samman seems to connect with people easily and bridges cultural differences.
Samman and his wife Lynnette Rozine co-founded The ADD Channel, an online home for sketch comedy and comedy videos. Samman is keeping extremely busy and wouldn’t have it any other way. He continues to break down cultural stereotypes while building his resume and career, and it works to his advantage that he has such a varied background. He recently completed the short film “Rated,” written by John Fortson (who also directed) and Christie Lynn Smith, which is now in post-production. Reel Talk Host, Brisco Diggs, was able to find time in Samman’s busy schedule to sit down for an interview, where he discussed his journey from Egypt to L.A., and what projects he has coming up in the future.