Sanaa Shaik, a South African-born actress has landed a new role in a hilarious Australian series about a high school reunion and the apocalypse.
South Africa (16 March 2023) – Since experiencing global success on her Netflix show Dive Club, Sanaa Shaik hasn’t stopped trying to dominate the big screen and streaming world. Even though there has only been one season of the show thus far, she is still hopeful for a second.
Sanaa was born in Durban and later moved to Johannesburg. In grade 11 Sanaa and her family immigrated to Australia where she finished high school and went on to attain her bachelor’s in commerce at Curtin university and Masters at Sydney University. For Sanaa acting isn’t just a career she’s passionate about, to her it is an experience and a tool of self-expression.
When asked about the Dive Club she said “I think it really thrived among the intended audience. I get so many messages from girls and guys all over the world saying how much they loved it and our characters. Seeing little girls who look like a young me, message me or come up to me has probably been the most special part”.
As if having a hit show on Netflix wasn’t enough, she also stars in a brand new Australian TV show called ‘Class of 07’ on Prime Video. It’s a high-concept comedy series about a group of women who discover what it takes to survive their ten-year reunion when an apocalyptic tidal wave hits. Everything turns to chaos, but we also see the group of women band together and survive. Sana’a plays Teresa, the softly-spoken maternal one of the group.
“We had such a wonderful time filming, we literally all became such good friends. It was a little meta because we filmed during lockdown in a bubble, so we became dependent on each other on and off the screen due to the global pandemic, it’s hilarious, endearing and a little bit gross” she said.
One of Sanaa’s biggest hopes is that people love this new show as much as the cast enjoyed filming it. She believes it shines a light on the important yet sometimes complicated relationships of female friendships.
“Class of 07 explores many different types of friendships, we’re all stuck together and forced to deal with our drama. I really enjoy working on projects that explores this topic, because its only recently we’ve been seeing more content like this. Especially the deterioration of female friendships, over actual real things, not just silly boys. This show really passes the Bechdel test in every scene.”
As for what’s next for her, she’s manifesting a role in the next Tomb Raider instalment but is also looking forward to having ‘Nomad’ a multi-continent Indie film released. Nomad also features breakout Leo Woodall from the critically acclaimed White Lotus series. ‘Nomad’ is from writer-director Taron Lexton and produced by TXL films. The film was shot entirely on location across 26 different countries.
In other news, Sanaa got married! She came back to SA at the end of 2022 to get hitched. Their event was at Laborie in Paarl, Cape Town.
She also describes the industry she in as ‘trippy’, with some high highs and a lot of really low lows.
“Sometimes I think people say “enjoy the process” because they know how tough this gig is. But I’d rather be in the race than out of it” concludes Sanaa.
All episodes of Class of ‘07 will launch on Prime Video globally on Friday March 17, 2023.
You can check out the trailer below.