I think this is just what we needed and we didn’t know. Actor Emilio Sakraya by Ali Kepenek for King Kong #11 Magazine.
Emilio Sakraya started his career at the age of nine with several appearances in film productions. In his childhood years, he discovered his passion for music, karate, kung fu and parkour. He won the German Championship in “Full-Contact Karate” twice.
2010 he had his cinema debut in the film “Zeiten ändern dich”, produced by Bernd Eichinger. This was followed by numerous film and television productions like “V8- Du willst der Beste sein”, “Mitten in Deutschland: NSU – Die Opfer” and “Die 7. Stunde”.
Since 2014 he plays “Tarik Schmüll” in the very successful German cinema series “Bibi and Tina”. At the end of 2016 he played the role of the Indian “Neke Bah” in the RTL short series “Winnetou”. In the same year, he was filming the international series “4 Blocks” with Frederick Lau and Kida Ramadan for TNT-Series and the film “Rock my Heart”.
At the beginning of 2017 he played the leading role in the TV episode “Tatort – Söhne und Väter”. Since the 23rd of February the fourth and last part of “Bibi und Tina” has been showing in cinemas. In March 2017 the actor was shooting the German horror film “Heilstätten”, which aired at German cinemas in October 2017.
The leading role in the TV movie “Tatort – Söhne und Väter” followed 2017. Also the fourth and the last part of “Bibi und Tina” was showed in cinemas. In the same year Emilio Sakraya was shooting the German horror film “Heilstätten” and the cinema film “Meine teuflisch gute Freundin”. This was followed by a leading role in the TV movie “Der Schweinhirt”.
Emilio Sakraya also shot the TV movie “Tatort: Das verschwundene Kind” together with Maria Furtwängler and Florence Kasumba. The film with the actor in the episode lead role was shown on ARD at the beginning of February 2019. For his performance he was nominated for the Studio Hamburg Nachwuchspreis.
At the beginning of 2018 Emilio Sakraya took over the leading role in the film “Cold Feet” directed by Wolfgang Groos. He appeared alongside Heiner Lauterbach and Sonja Gerhardt. The film was showed in cinemas at January 2019.
In the first half of 2019 Emilio Sakraya stood as JC with Alba Baptista for the new international Netflix’s drama series “Warrior Nun” based on the manga novels by creator Simon Barry (Ghost Wars, Continuum) in front of the camera.
The release of his first songs like “Bisschen allein”, “Berlin an der Spree” and “Drauf bist” followed in spring 2019. In September 2020 he released Roter Sand.
The musician is popular on Instagram, he’s got near 376K!
Lyrically, Roter Sand provides a window into the private world of the man behind his many characters.
“What I really love about doing music is that it is the exact opposite of being an actor. With my music, I am the director and the writer, and everything is centred around my own personal experiences, thoughts and feelings.” He pauses, carefully adding: “As an actor in the spotlight, people can forget that I am also just a human. That’s why it’s always been very important to me to be transparent and real in my music.”Emilio
A common personal thread running through much of his music is the strain his busy schedule has put on his love life. In his recent single, “Alle Zeit der Welt” (“All the Time in the World”), Sakraya bemoans this fact. “Now I have money, but I have no time,” he sings, and “nobody with whom I can share this.” “It’s hard to know somebody, because I’m always on the road,” he explains. “But, if I were to fall in love or have those butterflies in my stomach, then I would happily make the time. It just hasn’t happened yet.”
Sakraya might be making waves in the realms of both music and acting, but on his dreams for the future, he takes a refreshingly grounded view. “I would love to just find my wifey and move somewhere close to the ocean,” he muses. “I used to dream of being a famous star, but recently I’ve discovered that, for me, the journey is the goal. Continuing to do what I love every day, that’s the dream.”
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