Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 13 July 2020

'I guess she couldn't make it': Ramy Youssef reveals Lindsay Lohan didn't turn up for 'Ramy' cameo

But the comic still hopes the actress will appear on season three of his hit Hulu show

Lindsay Lohan was invited to appear on season two of Ramy Youssef's comedy show. Getty Images
Lindsay Lohan was invited to appear on season two of Ramy Youssef's comedy show. Getty Images

The acclaimed second season of Ramy Youssef's semi-autobiographical comedy series had a number of famous faces among the cast: there was a guest appearance by Oscar winner Mahershala Ali and Egyptian actor Amr Waked stars.

But there was another big name that was supposed to feature in the season, according to Egyptian-American actor Youssef.

Mean Girls star Lindsay Lohan was due to make a cameo in the hit Hulu show.

"We were interested in this idea of people that you don't really think are Muslim," Youssef, 29, told Entertainment Weekly in a new interview. "We actually cast Lindsay Lohan, because Lindsay had this whole thing about converting to Islam."

Though the actress, 33, had been officially cast, according to the comic, she failed to turn up on the day of shooting.

"I talked to her and she was down, and then, you know, like Lindsay does, we just kind of stopped hearing from her," he said. "I was trying to get hold of her and she was on the call sheet, and I guess she couldn't make it. I don't know, I never heard from her."

Youssef said "Lindsay is going to be Lindsay", acknowledging that you couldn't "put her in a box, that's what I know".

The actor is still hopeful of enticing Lohan to star in the next series of Ramy, should the sitcom be renewed.

"Season three inshallah," he tweeted this week.

Youssef's eponymous show, for which he won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy last year, first premiered in April 29.

The actor's faith forms the crux of the groundbreaking sitcom, in which he plays a Muslim man grappling with his background and religion in the US.

Lohan, meanwhile, embraced Islam in recent years, and in 2017 was seen holding a copy of the Quran.

"My very close friends ... in London are Saudi and they gave me the Quran and I brought it to New York because I was learning," she told Turkish TV. “It opened doors for me to experience spiritually, to find another true meaning. This is who I am.”

The actress moved to Dubai several years ago, and has remained in the city throughout the pandemic. She has often said the lack of paparazzi here is one of the major reasons she lives in the UAE.

“I live here, yep, I have been here for about six years," she told David Spade in an interview last month. "But I go to New York a lot to see my family … and I was in London before this,” she said.

The second season of Ramy will premiere on Hulu on Friday, May 29.

Updated: May 28, 2020 10:40 AM

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