Omid Abtahi

Omid Abtahi

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    • (On the Iranian community)
      Omid: I think the strengths of our community far outweigh our weaknesses. We are a very caring, loving, and nurturing culture. However, I feel we have a tendency to be too materialistic and too concerned about our appearances. But that's a stereotype that's already out there. It's just sad that it's true. I usually find all Iranians I run into very loving, and that is a quality I most enjoy about our people.

    • (On his character Tariq Nassiri in Over There)
      Omid: First off, it was very difficult to pick up the Arabic. I spent many hours with an Arabic translator going over my pronunciation, and got to a point where he could actually understand what I was saying. Farsi draws a lot of its vocabulary from the Arabic language, making it easier for me to understand (Arabic). However, understanding what I was saying didn't make the pronunciation part of it any easier. As for Tariq, he was very much like me. I have a brother in the military, and since his time overseas he has grown distant from our family. Doing this show allowed me to relate to his experience a bit, and I hope I made him proud. I love him more than he knows.

  • Talented and interesting actor.

    I think Omid is such an interesting actor, from his role in Sleeper Cell to his lighter performance in Ghost Whisperer. He has a great deal of depth to him, and his choices are very interesting. We get to see him in so many different lights, from serious to comedic. In Ghost Whisperer, he plays Justin, the college blogger with depth that adds a lot to the show. He renders the performance with a range of tones; he has been both comedic and dramatic, and occasionally a bit creepy and threatening, in his own way. I can't wait to see more of him!moreless
  • Omid's portrayal of Salim has been a hit in every episode, and is deserving of alot more parts in television than he currently has.

    He has never been anything but impressive, and its sad that most people have never even heard of Omid Abtahi. Showtime made a steal with finding this guy, and letting him shine in Sleeper Cell, where he has done so in nearly every way. Hopefully it will lead to a larger future where he can get a regular on a network show, so he can get recognize. But until then keep an eye on Omid, because big things will come from him. I may be a harsh reviewer compared to some, but I believe that overall this actor has been amazing.moreless