From family business to detox… who is the irresistible Osama Khedam, the interpreter of Gagan in the new Netflix series

Discreetly launched on September 1, Détox, the latest little French comedy from Netflix is ​​a very successful series. If Tiphaine Daviot and Manon Azem are impeccable, as is the entire cast, from the seconds to the smallest roles (like Gary Mihaileanu fromAlice Nevers, perfect as an organizer of secret rabbit races), Osama Kedham, who plays Gagan, the benevolent, nice and patient merchant, is another pleasant surprise in the series. An actor seen among others in Family business, The Grand Bazaar and Sophie Crosswhose filming for season 2 has just begun.

If he had not been an actor, Osama Kheddam would have been…

… pedagogue! Before taking acting lessons, Osama Kheddam, who grew up in the suburbs of Lyon, liked to be in contact with young people. “I was a facilitator, supervisor, educational assistant in a zep [zone d’éducation prioritaire, ndlr]. I had to pass my performance assessment to become a CPE or mediator at the MJC in Villeurbanne, but I went up to Paris”, he explains. “In my little bedroom, above my bed, I had a picture of my family and another of “my young ones”. If I hadn’t been an actor, I would without hesitation have worked in the social field, in contact with the youth of my city, because it’s a real passion.”

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Oussama Kheddam soon in César Wagner on France 2!

If he is as likable as his character in Detox and seems quite balanced, Osama Kheddam admit to being… hypochondriac ++. “I’m a Super Accountant, he said laughing. But even though I still wash my hands a lot and I worry about a lot of things, I think Covid has done me good. I thought it would be a horror for me and in reality it wasn’t at all! Of course, I was one of those who, at least initially, when I got home, stripped and disinfected myself completely. I even disinfected my vegetables, he confides, still amused. But it helped and finally made me relax. Still, when people talk about illness in front of me, I start to sweat, I don’t feel well. But it gets better.” Osama Kheddam had to give advice to César Wagner, the most hypochondriac cop on the small screen, played by Gil Alma in the same series of France 2.

A digital detox: on the way or not?

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The pitch of Detox ? Two cousins ​​starting a digital detox. Usually asking Gagan’s interpreter if he had already tried to make one. “I tried a little, but no, I can’t. On the other hand, as soon as I have company, I know how to put my cell phone down and stop worrying.” About Osama Kheddam can’t see the hand grafted laptop, there are apps it couldn’t live without though. “All the music apps! And the library because I don’t learn all the phone numbers, the GPS for finding my way around, and the internet because it’s also very handy. to have the answers to the questions we settle on. .”

Oussama Kheddam, a flirty quiche!

If you Detox, Gagan is a former master of the art of flirting and goes on Tinder dates, this is not the case at all for his interpreter. “I’m very, very bad at flirting. It’s unbelievable. I’m unable to approach a woman on the terrace of a café. I’m very shy, I don’t dare, I’m afraid, I stutter… [Il rit.] I’m the one who laughs, embarrasses and walks away. It is me ! I don’t have any dating apps because I love it when everything happens naturally without you realizing it. And we suddenly say that to ourselves “but something is happening there”. For me there is nothing better. It’s a bit what happens a bit with Gagan with Léa.”

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The scene of Detox as he prefers

funny scenes, Detox abounds. When Manon dives into the cheese pool for a commercial for cordon-bleu, when the nephew delivers to a customer at the grocery store, when Léa crashes into Gagan’s deal with a world map dress… In short, among all that, the fart scene in the last episode. “We’re not going to lie to each other, the fart scene is amazing. It was so much fun, he remembers laughing. HAVEWith Tiphaine Daviot we had a lot of laughs. Because in this sequence, pay attention to the face she makes. It is fantastic.”

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