Rami Said Malek is a 37-year-old American actor whose breakthrough role was the oddball hacker, Elliot Alderson, a fascinating, antisocial, mentally ill, introverted character in the USA Network series Mr. Robot. With his portrayal of another extremely unique character, Freddie Mercury, in the 2018 biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, he has cemented his reputation as an actor within the serious, quirky range.
Unlike Freddie Mercury, Rami is Not Indian
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, to Egyptian immigrant parents, Said and Nelly Abdel-Malek. Both of Egyptian descent and lived in Cairo before leaving in 1978 for the United States. The Malek family settled in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, conveniently close to Hollywood.
Rami is the first actor of Egyptian heritage to win the Academy Award for Best Actor.
In one of his many acceptance speeches, he noted that his heritage and gave a shout-out to his mother — “I love you, lady” — and regretted that his father was not alive. Sadly, Said passed away in 2006. “My dad didn’t get to see me do any of this, but I think he’s looking down on me right now,” Malek said.
He Has An Identical Twin Brother
Sami Malek, an English and ESL teacher, is a full four-minutes younger than his increasingly famous brother. Even though the brothers are in two quite different careers, they are supportive of one another. Despite their demanding jobs, the brothers are often seen attending public events together. When Sami joined the teacher strike in California, protesting for more public school funding, Rami had his back, tweeting his feelings of solidarity. “I know how hard teachers work and how dedicated they are to their students. I support my brother and all other teachers in their fight for the schools their students deserve. #istandwithlateachers.”
According to the Daily Mirror, Rami and Sami share a house together in Hollywood Hills.
He Studied Theater in School
Many actors received their degrees in business, engineering, accounting, etc. before ending up in the world of film, theater, and television. Rami isn’t one of those people. He actually continued his education by studying theater. After he attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, he went to the University of Evansville in Indiana to study theater.
In a W Magazine interview, Rami reflected on the feelings of being onstage. “I still love being on stage. There’s a thrill to that that never goes away. It always feels different, and the response you get from the audience is just so visceral,” he said. ” …That connection with an audience is like nothing else.”
He’s Paid His Dues! He Once Made Falafel For a Living
Like all young people who don’t have trust funds or the benefit of celebrity nepotism, Malek had some random jobs before he started having regular acting paychecks coming in. Like many starving artists, he bussed and waited tables to help make ends meet. Furthermore, the Mr. Robot actor had various jobs in the food and service industry, including delivering pizza and working in a falafel and shawarma shop after graduating from college.
His First Role Was a Cameo on Gilmore Girls
It’s always fun to rewatch some of our old, favorite shows and discover a cameo by an actor who later becomes famous and recognizable. Gilmore Girls was Rami’s first television role and as such is very significant. Without even having an agent, he scored the part in 2004, somehow managing to convince the casting directors to meet with him. He played Andy in the “In the Clamor and the Clangor” (S4, E11).
Rami’s Won a Lot of Awards Lately!
He scored Best Actor at the 2018 Golden Globes (Bohemian Rhapsody also took home best drama, walking off with two of the biggest awards). For best actor, Malek beat out a tight race including such luminaries as Willem Dafoe and Lucas Hedges. In his acceptance speech, the actor praised the band Queen, especially Freddie Mercury, whom he portrayed in the film.
“I am beyond moved right now,” Rami began his speech. “My heart is pounding out of my chest right now. Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime,” he continued. “I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous.”
He Scored The Most Coveted Prize Of All
He won Best Actor at The 2019 Oscars, which is perhaps unsurprising as he’d won that category at the Academy Awards, the Screen Actors Guild Award, and the British Academy Film Award. At the Oscars, Malek beat out Christian Bale, Viggo Mortensen and, again, Willem Dafoe.
Receiving the best actor trophy for his portrayal of the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, in what is now the highest grossing music biopic in history. Malek called his acceptance a “monumental moment.” He thanked members of the band in attendance.
“I may not have been the obvious choice, but I guess it worked out,” Malek said. “Thank you, Queen, thank you, guys, for allowing me to be the tiniest part of your phenomenal, extraordinary legacy. I am forever in your debt.”
As Life Isn’t Perfect, He Fell Off The Stage Right After
And then he fell off the stage while holding his statue aloft! They say some champagne may have been involved in the mishap. I guess you can’t win ’em all. He was treated by paramedics and appeared uninjured, if not a little embarrassed when he went backstage to talk to reporters.
You almost can’t keep track of all the awards he’s won, including Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Film Awards.
Bohemian Rhapsody Has Been Great
For Rami In Many Ways
As if his uncanny portrayal of Freddie wasn’t true to life enough, Rami began a romance with the actress who played Freddie’s girlfriend, Mary! The couple met while filming the movie. “Thank you, Lucy Boynton. You have been my ally, my confidant, you are my love,” the actor said. “I appreciate you so much.”
“They are very affectionate in public and seem totally in love,” a source dished to People Magazine. Malek and Boynton, 25, have been spotted holding hands and having lunch in Los Angeles, as well as spending the day with the British actress’ mother Adriaane Pielou.
“When they spend time in Los Angeles, they have a fun social schedule,” the source adds. “They often go out to lunch and dinner. If they are alone, they usually sit on the same side of the table to cuddle.”
He’s Gotten Close with Queen Guitarist Brian May
Rami Malek and Queen guitarist, Brian May, are genuinely good friends. In an interview with the Press Association, May praised the Mr. Robot star’s transformation into the fiery Queen frontman. “He’s incredible,” May, 71, said. “He inhabited Freddie to the point where we even started to think of him as Freddie. Really remarkable.”
He’s Quite The Fashionister!
Rami is way into fashion and cuts a classic figure in whatever he throws on, including a tux. Chances are he had a lot of fun getting ready for Oscar’s night. “I love dressing up for every occasion,” he told People recently. “There’s something really nice about walking into a situation and looking your best, no matter what that situation is.”