What a good sport actor Tyler de Nawi (pictured, front) has been in the wake of the Logies ‘mystery’ question: “Who is Mustafa.”
The young Here Come the Habibs actor had a conversation with Gold Logie winner Waleed Aly at Sunday’s Logies in which he confided his real name was Mustafa but he had adopted a stage name of Tyler because to avoid casting prejudice.
After Aly shared some of the background in his Logie acceptance speech, it triggered chatter about who the mysterious Mustafa could be. Yesterday media revealed it to be de Nawi, following his tweets and a confirmation by his manager.
This morning de Nawi told 2DAYFM’s Rove and Sam he spoke to Aly during a toilet break at the Logies.
“I was so close to not even going up with him, but I decided to tell him that I really hoped he would win, because if someone with a really unpronounceable name like Waleed could win, someone with a name like Mustafa could win,” he said.
Asked if he was comfortable with it becoming so public, he said, “I was shocked at first, course, but obviously after that the cat’s out of the bag.
“I wasn’t planning on it coming out this week, obviously.
“I looked for Waleed after the Logies to say hello to him, but I couldn’t find him.”
De Nawi got the idea of the name Tyler from a close friend.
“I thought changing my name to Tyler would better equip me,” he explained.
“I told my friend I wanted to become an actor and my concerns about being type-cast because of my name”
“I didn’t want people to see my name, Mustafa, on a piece of paper and have them assume what I can offer as an artist. I can sing, I can dance, I’m an acrobat, I didn’t want to be type-cast.”