Marsha Milan: Moving on up

Marsha Milan: Moving on up
From Milan with love: Marsha Milan shows she has star quality.

Having arrived late for our appointment - for which she and her manager apologised profusely - there was little time left to prepare Marsha Milan Londoh for the planned photo session. But, as it turned out, she needed little direction - all that was required was to inform her of the shots we wanted and she started striking different poses immediately, allowing the photographer to wrap up quickly.

This very quality of knowing what is wanted of her is one of the things that has gotten Marsha noticed by directors like Osman Ali and Erma Fatima. Osman has cast Marsha in three of his projects so far - a minor role in the film Cun! gave way to the role of an antagonist in a 26-episode drama serial Bicara Hati and a supporting role in last year's feature, Juwanita.

According to Osman, Marsha's talent was especially impressive in Bicara Hati.

He said: "I enjoyed working with her as she was very committed to her role. She would run what she intended to do in a scene by me and I would guide her accordingly. She's adept at playing different types of emotions - serious, funny, melancholic and psychotic. She made her character in Bicara Hati someone the audience loved to hate."

Osman first spotted the actress, who turns 28 on Dec 6, when she appeared as one of the contestants in Akademi Fantasia (AF) back in 2005. "I liked how she carried herself on that show. And it was apparent that she is talented," said the director.

It was this reality show that opened doors for Marsha. However, Marsha recalled the only reason she was even at the audition for Akademi Fantasia was because she was accompanying a friend who wanted to take part. Marsha said with a laugh: "It ended up with me getting in the show, but not him."

Marsha came out third runner up - Mawi was crowned champion that season - and her life has changed forever.

"My mother wanted me to go to India to further my studies and not participate in Akademi Fantasia. But I was adamant in finding out my chances on AF ... and I am still here."

Marsha is still keen to continue her studies but it has to be some time in the future as she is just too busy with her career now.

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