From Glamour to Armor

Popular Myanmar television and film star Mya Hnin Ye Lwin, who gained fame for her roles in TV drama series and 10 movies, is taking on the riskiest role of her career: a fighter in the armed resistance movement against the ruling military junta. Driven to a jungle militia camp after the regime that seized power on Feb. 1 issued a warrant for her arrest for denouncing the coup at anti-junta rallies and on social media, Mya Hnin Ye Lwin has dressed as deposed and detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi at street protests. “I have a habit of learning the styles and movements of people I’m portraying, even though I may not totally resemble them physically,” said the 34-year-old actor, who holds a degree in psychology.

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