Moon Knight’s May Calamawy on Coming to the MCU, Representation, and Female Agency

When May Calamawy was approached to audition for Layla, the female lead on Marvel and Disney’s Moon Knigh

she wasn’t anticipating a reachout through Instagram, but that’s exactly what happened

“I told my manager, and she said, wow, Instagram?” May said with a laugh

As it turns out the message was legit, and before long,

May was auditioning for the part with Oscar Isaac.

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She was chosen for the role just days later.

While May has received some prior US attention with the recurring role of Dena on Ramy

she was well aware of the significance of scoring a lead role on a Marvel project.

Initially she felt “really intimidated” by the prospect of working on such a big production