Interview: Mohammed Amer On Creating ‘Mo’, Capturing Palestinian Culture In Houston & More
Mohammed “Mo” Amer’s new drama, Mo, is now streaming on Netflix! In Mo, we see the title character navigating through challenges as he tries to make ends meet while living as a refugee in the United States without proper citizenship.
Leading up to the series’ debut, I had a chance to sit down with Mo himself to discuss the show. Produced by A24, Mo was co-created by Amer and Ramy Youssef, who have also worked together on the American Muslim dramedy Ramy.
During our conversation, Amer spoke about adjusting from doing stand-up comedy to putting together a series and the challenges he faced along the way. Amer also spoke about finding the balance between humour and making sure to highlight the different challenges, the responsibility to show Palestinian culture and not shy away from anything he or his family faced.
In addition to what Amer hopes people take away from the show, he shared a few details about his character in the upcoming Black Adam film.
Check out the full interview with Mohammed “Mo” Amer below:
Mo Official Synopsis
“Mo Najjar straddles the line between two cultures, three languages and a ton of bullshit as a Palestinian refugee constantly living one step away from asylum on the path to U.S. citizenship. His family — including his resilient and spiritual mother, sister and older brother — flee to Houston, Texas. Laughing the pain away, Mo learns to adapt to his new world through getting ahead in life comes with several setbacks.”