WAAD MOHAMMED (Wadjda) Born and raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, twelve-year-old
Waad Mohammed landed the role of Wadjda as one of the last girls to audition for the part. As
the first film ever shot in the Kingdom, finding the right actress to play Wadjda proved
especially challenging, with most families firmly against the idea of allowing their daughters to
appear on camera. Through word of mouth and carefully planned auditions, Waad was chosen
after over 50 girls read for the leading role. Having previously acted in local and regional theater
productions, Waad came already sporting Wadjda's signature Chuck Taylor sneakers and
defiant, rebellious attitude. Wadjda is also her first feature film.
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