Egyptian Netflix series Finding Ola to see second season, Hend Sabry confirms

Eslam Omar , Tuesday 22 Mar 2022

Egyptian-Tunisian actress Hend Sabry, 42, has revealed plans for a second season of the Netflix-produced series Finding Ola (‘Al-Bahth Aan Ola’).

Hend Sabry

“As Ola has taught us, the ending of one story is only the beginning of another,” Sabry said on Tuesday. Sabry is the show’s lead and also served as the first season’s executive producer for her first time – via her company Salam Production – in cooperation with Partner Pro and its executive producer Amin El-Masri.

“The show’s renewal for a second season is Ola’s shot at a second chance, exclusively on Netflix,” the internationally acclaimed artists confirmed.

The six-episode season one of the series was released on 3 February, topping the list of the most streamed content in the Middle East region for weeks.

Finding Ola explores the journey of self-discovery of Ola Abdel-Sabour, as she adapts to rising challenges in her new reality.

“I’ll keep going!” said Ola to herself and to everyone within earshot at the end of season one of Finding Ola.

The six-episode comedy series casts renowned Egyptian actress Sawsan Badr – in the same role of Ola’s mother as in the original ‘Ayza Atgawez’ series – as well as Hani Adel, Nada Mousa, Mahmoud El-Leithy, and Dalia Shawky.

Every episode is dramatically bolstered by guest appearances from prominent actors such as Yousra, Sherine Reda and Khaled El-Nabawy.

The series’ characters are inspired by those from the hit 2009 novel 'Ayza Atgawez' by Egyptian writer Ghada Abdel-Aal.

Finding Ola, which is co-written by Maha Alwazir and Ghada Abdel-Aal and directed by Hadi El-Bagoury, follows the quest of a recently-divorced housewife and mother of two as she starts over in the search for a new purpose.

Sabry’s career began in 1994 at the age of 14 when she debuted in the Tunisian production Silence of the Palaces (Samt Al-Qosoor) by director Moufida Tlatli.

Her first appearance in Egyptian cinema was in the 2002 production A Teenager's Diary (Muzakirat Murahiqua), a role that paved her way to stardom. Her later roles include starring in films such as A Citizen, a Detective, and a Thief (Mowaten we Mokhber we Haramy) in 2002, Downtown Girls (Banat West El-Balad) in 2005, and Ibrahim El-Abyad in 2009.

She also appeared in The Yacoubian Building (Oumaret Yacoubian, 2006), alongside an extensive cast of Egypt's biggest stars. Her portrayal of an HIV positive woman in Asmaa (2011) brought her several awards.

Netflix has been expanding its Arabic productions in recent years with several TV shows like Paranormal, Abla Fahita’s Drama QueenAl-Rawabi School for Girls, and most recently short films series; Love, Life and Everything In Between, in addition to its first Arabic film Ashab Wala Aaz, the Arabic remake of Perfect Strangers, which caused widespread controversy when released in January.

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