Is it just us or is this month kind of hot? Maybe it is the weather, or maybe it is just our man crush for April’s edition of our monthly Men Crush Issue. We are back on track with Yusof Hashim, a face familiar to you if you have been procrastinating on Instagram. You probably have seen his Dubsmash videos back when jokes were much simpler, but now he has spread his creative wings doing loads of stuff for his fans and most importantly, himself. Let’s check out our exclusive interview with our April Men Crush.
1. Give us a little insight on what you do for a living.
I act, dance, choreograph, direct, and produce videos.
2. Most people would recognise you through your hilarious Dubsmash videos back in the day. How did that come about in the first place?
I started doing Dubsmash videos just for fun. My bestfriend introduced this app to me because he knows I love to lip-sync. We were doing “Baik Punya Cilok the Musical” at that moment, so we were playing around with the costumes and props backstage. I did a few videos and they suddenly went viral. The rest is history.
3. What about now? Do you still make Dubsmash videos, or have you moved on to a bigger platform?
Not anymore. But yes, I mostly do commercials now. I produce, direct, choreograph, and compose original songs for them.
4. We also noticed that you are quite the dancer. Tell us more about that.
Well, dancing has always been in my blood. I started with traditional dance at the age of 12, I was dancing for corporate events and had the opportunity to dance for festivals around Asia. During secondary school, I joined a lot of dance competitions and battles. At the age of 15, I started to take dancing more seriously. That was when I started making money. My first major dance gig was “Gamat the Musical” at Istana Budaya in 2009. As I got older, I began to explore street and contemporary dance. When I was 22, I got the opportunity to be an in-house dancer for Mizz Nina and danced with her for two years.
5. What other things do you do when you have some free time?
I love to play around on my Logic Pro, cook for my friends and have them over at my place. And think of my next move.
6. What is one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?
People who have never met me in real life would be surprised to see that I’m masculine? Because they always expect me to behave like the characters in my videos.
7. We see that you have an impeccable style. How would you describe your fashion sense?
I don’t really have a rule; I just wear whatever I feel right at that moment.
8. We understand that you starred in a few TV shows in your career. Is acting something you would like to pursue seriously?
Yes, I would love to but that’s not my priority now. At the moment, I’m focusing on producing and putting out my own music.
9. Which celebrity were you star-struck upon meeting her/him for the first time?
I bumped into Misha Omar the other day; I truly respect her as an artist.
10. Which song could you listen to on repeat all day?
“Monster” by Lady Gaga.
11. Who is your celebrity crush?
12. In your opinion, what is the one thing people should pay more attention to?
We lack manners among youth and our education don’t really emphasise in that matter.
13. Among the hundreds of videos you have made, which character do you love playing the most?
Thilagesh. Hands down!
14. If you were stuck on an island and can only have one person to accompany you, who would it be?
My brother Remy Hashim.
15. What is the most valuable clothing item that you currently have in your wardrobe?
My late stepmother’s working clothes.
16. What was the best experience in your career so far?
I choreographed and produced my own live show called “Ucop Buat Hal Lagi!” at MaTiC in 2016. Sold out on the second day!
17. Any crazy fan encounters you could share with us?
I heard my name being called and saw my fans in tears when I was in London.
18. Which local food would you recommend to foreigners to try first when visiting Malaysia?
Lempeng cicah sambal tumis or cendol pulut with extra jagung.
19. What was the best advice anyone has ever given you?
“Don’t let anything destroy your spirit”.
20. Every man in Malaysia should know how to….
Create and stay in their own persona and don’t be scared to trust your guts, and don’t let your society tell you what to do. Be your own biggest fan!
With all the things that Yusof Hashim has been and is currently doing, you might want to follow his Instagram at @ucopppp to receive latest updates regarding his projects.
So, who do you want to see on our next Men Crush Issue? Do leave suggestions on the comments section below!