×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Medalion Rahimi Reflects on Playing a Princess in ‘Catch,’ ‘Still Star-Crossed’

Medalion Rahimi is a modern-day princess. At least, she’s played one in two Shondaland series — “The Catch” and “Still Star-Crossed,” which bowed May 29 on ABC. The show, based on Melinda Taub’s novel, invents life in Verona after the death of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Rahimi, an L.A. native, also appears in this year’s feature film “Before I Fall.”

What’s it like to play a princess?

Of all of the possible typecasts for a young female actor to fall into, I think a princess is a pretty good deal. Everyone on set is calling you “Princess” all the time, which is fun. I’ve played two different princesses. For “The Catch,” it was a more modern Arabian princess. For this one, I’m a 16th-century Italian princess. There are similarities in how you’re expected to carry yourself, so it’s relevant throughout the princess process.

How has it been to be a part of Shondaland

It was so exciting the first time being cast in her show, and when they brought me back, it made me realize Shondaland really is like a family. They are very loyal to the people that they bring into it.

What’s been the best part of “Star-Crossed”?

It was an incredible experience. We shot in Spain in this medieval city called Casares. Our sets were these authentic monasteries and castles. You’re in awe every day walking onto set. The costumes are pretty true to the time, but they also have a modern twist. I’ve lived in L.A. my whole life, so getting to travel for work is a dream.

Your parents are Iranian immigrants. Did the U.S. travel ban affect your family?

Absolutely. My parents left Iran to escape a dictator, and they’ve said [about President Trump], “This seems like he’s really on the path toward dictatorship.” We have family who live in Iran and Kurdistan and Turkey, and they’re not going to be able to come visit us…. Our country’s security is very important, but it’s just the way the president has been going about it. It’s scary.

Things you didn’t know about Medalion Rahimi

AGE: 24 ALMA MATER: UCLA LAST BOOK READ: “Venus in Furs” FAVORITE SHAKESPEARE: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” FAVORITE PERIOD DRAMA: Dangerous LiaisonsCITIZENSHIP: Dual, U.S. and Iran

More TV

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    'Bohemian Rhapsody,' 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Among Cinema Audio Society Winners

    Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” won the Cinema Audio Society’s top prize for sound mixing at Saturday night’s 55th annual CAS Awards. The film is Oscar-nominated for sound mixing this year along with “Black Panther,” “First Man,” “Roma” and “A Star Is Born.” In a surprise over heavy-hitters “Incredibles 2” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Wes [...]

  • Marvelous Mrs Maisel Vice

    'Vice,' 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Lead Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Winners

    Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice,” starring Oscar nominees Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell, won two awards at the sixth annual Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Saturday night. The film won for best period and/or character makeup as well as special makeup effects. “Mary Queen of Scots” received the prize for period [...]

  • Jussie Smollett Good Morning America

    Jussie Smollett Angrily Denies Complicity in Attack

    Attorneys for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett issued a statement Saturday denying that he orchestrated his Jan. 29 assault, and saying he is “angered” and “devastated” by recent developments in the case. Chicago police want to interview Smollett, after learning new evidence from two Nigerian brothers who were released on Friday night. Local media outlets have [...]

  • Jussie Smollett Empire

    Chicago Police Want to Talk to Jussie Smollett as New Evidence Emerges

    Chicago police are seeking to re-interview “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, after new evidence emerged in his alleged assault. Smollett has claimed that two men attacked him at 2 a.m. on Jan. 29, yelled racial and homophobic slurs, poured bleach on him, and put a noose around his neck. The Chicago Police Department has consistently said [...]

  • Five Takes on Canal Plus, Federation’s

    Just Days Left to Catch Canal Plus’ ‘The Bureau’ on MyFFF

    The most lauded of titles on this year’s MyFrenchFilmFestival, UniFrance’s online showcase featured by over 50 OTT services around the world, may not be a film but a drama series. With four seasons aired, and a milestone in world sales on a French TV show, slow-boiling espionage series ‘Le Bureau des légendes’ (“The Bureau”) is [...]

  • Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith

    Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith Dies at 78

    Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith, the historian who spent 40 years cataloging and preserving the company’s legacy of entertainment and innovation, died Friday in Burbank, Calif. He was 78. Smith served as Disney’s chief archivist from 1970 to 2010. He was named a Disney Legend in 2007 and served as a consultant to the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content