Yasmine Al Massri stars in ABC’s latest series Quantico, where she acts as gutsy identical Muslim twins Nimah and Raina Amin, training to be secret agents.
Yasmine Al Massri may lead a glamorous lifestyle now, but this hasn’t always been the case. Born in Lebanon to a Palestinian father and Egyptian mother, her childhood memories are filled with hardship and adversity. Having had the refugee status branded on her as soon as she was born because of her Palestinian origin, Al Massri’s family was denied Lebanese citizenship, as well as basic human rights. Through enormous sacrifices, her family was able to send her to school in Lebanon, despite the obstacles that stood in her way. She then went on to study in Paris and graduated from L’Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris in 2007.
It was in the same year that she made her first on screen appearance in the Lebanese LGBT themed dramatic comedy Caramel and ever since that opportunity came along, her successful career has been on the rise. In May this year, she became a naturalised US citizen and posted a selfie with Mercedes Mason on Twitter, captioned as “Sorry Donald Trump, we both just became American”.