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She actually turned down the role of Shae when it was first offered, but the producers “luckily convinced me and made me change my mind. Although it’s a small part in the series, it is really something special.”
Her parents were working-class immigrants from Turkey. Sibel Kekilli is often annoyed by Germany’s focus on her immigrant roots. She said, “If you move to Canada, after a few years you call yourself Canadian. In Germany, it’s difficult to belong. Sooner or later, directors in Germany will start casting without regard to where a person is from. It shouldn’t matter anymore.”
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When she graduated high school at 16, she completed an apprenticeship as a public administration employee at the local city government. She worked in the Municipal Waste Disposal Office, as well as a waitress and shop assistant.
Sibel was discovered by a casting agent for “Head On” in 2004 while she was at a Cologne s