In an interview with the Daily Beast revealed Tuesday, Massoud opened up about his struggles to search out work.
“I am type of bored with staying quiet about it,” Massoud stated. “I need folks to know that it isn’t all the time dandelions and roses once you’re doing one thing like ‘Aladdin.’ (Folks assume) ‘He will need to have made thousands and thousands. He have to be getting all these provides.’ It is none of these issues. I have not had a single audition since ‘Aladdin’ got here out.”
Massoud believes that his age might have one thing to do with the shortage of roles coming his means.
“I really feel like I’ll be missed and underestimated for a very long time as a result of I’m a younger actor,” he stated. “I am an up-and-comer within the sense that I have been doing this for 10 years, however to lots of people, ‘Aladdin‘ is the very first thing they’ve seen me in. So I feel I’ll be considered that means for a very long time. I’ll must work at chipping away at that.”
Based on the actor, not even the huge success of “Aladdin” has helped him discover work.
“It is like, I am sitting right here being like, OK, ‘Aladdin’ simply hit $1 billion. Can I a minimum of get an audition?” he stated. “I am not anticipating you to be, like, ‘This is Batman.’ However can I simply get within the room? Are you able to simply give me an opportunity? So, it’s not all the time what you assume.”
Massoud will subsequent seem in Hulu’s “Reprisal” — a job he landed earlier than “Aladdin” — however he considers himself a “wild card” on the earth of casting.
“There’s all the time a wild card or two once you’re casting,” Massoud stated. “I am often the wild card. In a room of Caucasian guys, a director is likely to be like, OK, let’s see, like, two guys who aren’t. And possibly they’re going to be the wild card selection.”
The actor spoke with Entertainment Tonight in November and stated his life after “Aladdin” was “roughly the identical.”
“It’s. It’s, nonetheless hustling on the grind attempting to get my subsequent job and, you recognize, extra folks acknowledge me right here and there, however the hustle’s the identical,” he stated.