From law to acting, Ali Abbas’s journey has been one of twists and turns. After graduating in law and working in a law firm, Abbas decided to change his career path and became a television producer before adopting the family tradition of acting being the son of veteran actor Waseem Abbas. After some time, Abbas started his career in acting which was his true calling. He debuted with drama serial Laadon Mein Pali and rose to fame with his drama Tum Kon Piya. Nazr-e-Bad, Naqab Zan, Khaali Haath, Kahin Deep Jalay Dewwangi, and Mehar Posh, are some of the actor’s breakthrough dramas. The talented actor joins us for a quick and fun rapid fire. Here are 60 seconds from his life. Excerpts:

Career-defining moment?

Tum Kon Piya and Khaali Haath.

Happiness is…

Family. They come first and then food.

The key to success is…

Hard work. That’s all you can do, you can’t change your luck.

Hardest life lesson…

Nothing comes easy. You have to plan things and work on it. Once you lose time, you lose your opportunity.

What inspires you?

Good acting. I’ve never been inspired by good looks. And if a good looking person is bad at acting, that’s a turn off.

You, in three words?

Hardworking. Compassionate. Honest.

Advice to your younger self…

Lose weight.

Greatest life achievement?

Proving to my father that I was made to be an actor. He was worried about me in my initial career days, he thought I would never make it. My greatest achievement for me was when he hugged me on the ramp and said, “I’m proud of you.”

Greatest fear?

To lose anyone from my family.

Biggest joy?

My two little kids. The love that they have for me is unbelievable.

Something you still want to learn?

I want to learn to be patient, less restless and less angry.