Marvel’s Disney + series Ms Marvel is receiving lots of praise and critical acclaim. This is because of its breakout star, Iman Vellani, who plays the titular role, Kamala Khan in the series. Iman’s portrayal of the character is so perfect that you wouldn’t believe it’s her first acting gig. Let’s meet this eccentric young actress.
Iman Vellani is a Pakistani-Canadian actress born on September 3, 2002, in Karachi, Pakistan, to Ismaili Muslim parents. She moved to Canada when she was a year old and graduated from Unionville high school, Ontario.
She was selected as a TIFF Next Wave Committee member at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.
Before being cast in Ms Marvel (2022) at the end of her last year of high school, Vellani had planned to attend the Ontario College of Art & Design University with a focus on Integrated media.
Iman Vellani: Career
In September 2020, Vellani was cast as the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero Kamala Khan for Disney+’s miniseries Ms, Marvel.
Kamala Khan co-creator Sana Amanat, who is also serving as an executive producer on the television series, highlighted Vellani’s Zoom audition which revealed that she is an Avengers fangirl like Khan. Amanat said, “She showed me every corner of her room, and it was covered with Avengers. Then she said, ‘Oh, wait; I’m not done, opened up her closet, and there was more Marvel everywhere”.
In June 2022, Vellani appeared in “A Fan’s Guide to Ms Marvel”, a documentary short featuring an exclusive look at the production of the series and interviews from the filmmaking team and her. It was released on Disney + before the premiere of Ms Marvel.
On June 8, 2022, Ms Marvel premiered on Disney+, marking her onscreen debut.
The series and Vellani’s portrayal of the title character received widespread praise propelling her to TV stardom.
Kathryn Porter of Paste stated that Vellani “shines” in the role and that there was “no way to explain how great she is in this other than to say that she embodies the true spirit of Kamala Khan”.
Mohammad Zaheer of BBC Culture called her “an adorable bundle of charisma” in a role “tailor-made for her”.
Indeed the role was tailor-made for her. She is a Pakistani and she played a Pakistani character. She is a marvel fan girl and so is Kamala khan.
Well, Vellani is set to reprise her role as Kamala in the upcoming film “The Marvels”, a sequel to the 2019 film “Captain Marvel”.
Although we can’t say precisely how much Iman was paid for her role, it is reported that she has amassed a net worth of about $500,000.