Hazal Kaya portrayed some of the most unforgettable characters, —such as Feriha in Adını Feriha Koydum (The Girl Named Feriha), or Nihal in Aşk-ı Memnu (Forbidden Love)
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Hazal Kaya: A Women’s-Rights Activist Turkish Actress

In Turkey, celebrity people do not generally talk on social matters. On the contrary, they tend to protect their impartial position and focus on their own acting career. They are somehow afraid of losing their jobs, or else, afraid of finding a place in new projects. Hazal Kaya, however, is a slightly different type!

The full name of the Turkish actress is Leyla Hazal Kaya
The full name of the Turkish actress is Leyla Hazal Kaya

If it is not too much to tell, we can claim that the Turkish actress is more popular with her inspiring position in social matters and women’s rights, in particular, than her acting. Yet, it doesn’t mean that she is an inadequate actress. Hazal Kaya portrayed some of the most unforgettable characters, —such as Feriha in Adını Feriha Koydum (The Girl Named Feriha), or Nihal in Aşk-ı Memnu (Forbidden Love).

So, now, let’s go back a little further to explore the actress’s real identity.

Who is Hazal Kaya?

Let’s start with her full name. The full name of the Turkish actress is Leyla Hazal Kaya. She was on October 1st, 1990, in Turkey’s Gaziantep. The 30-year-old actress is most famous for her egalitarian attitude in social matters, especially in women’s rights. We can claim that she is a women’s rights activist and put her position as a feminist. So, this is something that we are not familiar with among Turkish celebrities.

Hazal Kaya completed her high school education at Istanbul Italian High School
Hazal Kaya completed her high school education at Istanbul Italian High School

The actress has been active in the business since she was 15.

Education

After completing her primary education at Gaziosmanpaşa Primary School, she completed her high school education at Istanbul Italian High School. She graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University Stage and Performing Arts Management Department. The accomplished actress is able to speak English, Italian, and German in addition to her mother tongue Turkish.

When Hazal Kaya was only 4.5 years old, she took violin lessons
When Hazal Kaya was only 4.5 years old, she took violin lessons

When she is asked, what did she do in her childhood, she answers a lot of things. That is true because when she was only 4.5 years old, she took violin lessons. When she was 7, she also took ballet lessons, as well. so, she was very much into sport, dance, and especially tango.

Turning Point in Hazal Kaya’s Life

The separation of her parents when she was 7 years old was a turning point in Hazal Kaya’s life. The actress’s parents were both lawyers, and when they got divorced, she lived with her mother. As her mother was involved with celebrity lawsuits, Hazal Kaya grew with the art world. Therefore, she engaged with art ever since she was a little child.

Hazal Kaya's parents got divorced when she was 7 years old
Hazal Kaya’s parents got divorced when she was 7 years old

In addition to acting, the actress also has a really good voice. And when she was at Istanbul Italian High School, she participated in theatre plays. She has always been very interested in any kind of art staff.

A Powerful Mother Figure Determined Her Character

As we remarked, after her parents got divorced, Hazal Kaya grew up with her mother. Hazal Kaya’s mother, Ayşegül Kaya, in addition to being a lawyer, was also one of the founders of Mor Çatı Kadın Sığınağı Vakfı (Purple Shelter Women’s Shelter Foundation). What’s more, she was also raising her daughter as a single mother in Istanbul, Balat, where Hazal Kaya grew up.

Hazal Kaya and her mother Ayşegül Kaya
Hazal Kaya and her mother Ayşegül Kaya

So, she was a great inspiration as a strong mother figure in Hazal Kaya’s life. This may explain how Hazal Kaya became such an important character in Turkey’s women’s rights issues. By the way, in 2012, the mother and daughter played in a TV commercial together.

Hazal Kaya and the Actress’s Filmography

As we said, the actress has been active in the entertainment business since 2006, when she was in high school. Here is a list of feature films and TV series in which the actress took part:

Hazal Kaya acted as Feriha in Adını Feriha Koydum (I Named Her Feriha, or aka The Girl Named Feriha)
Hazal Kaya acted as Feriha in Adını Feriha Koydum (I Named Her Feriha, or aka The Girl Named Feriha)
  • 2017 – Bizim Hikaye (Our Story) (as Filiz) (TV Series) — Adaptation from Shameless
  • 2015 – Kırık Kalpler Bankası (The Bank of Broken Hearts) (as Aslım) (Feature film)
  • 2014 – İtrazım Var (Let’s Sin) (as Zeynep Bulut) (Feature film)
  • 2014 – 2015 – Maral: En Güzel Hikayem (as Maral) (TV Series)
  • 2013 – Mavi Dalga (as Fırat’s Lover) (Feature film)
  • 2013 – Feyruz (as Hazal) (TV Series)
  • In 2013 – A.Ş.K. (as Azra) (TV Series)
  • 2012 – Son Yaz Balkanlar 1912 (as Emine) (TV Series)
  • 2012 – Bu Son Olsun (as Lale) (Feature film)
  • 2011 – Çalgı Çengi (as the Girl who looked from the door) (Feature film)
  • In 2011 – Behzat Ç.: Seni Kalbime Gömdüm (as Berna Ç.) (Feature film)
  • 2011 – Ay Büyürken Uyuyamam (as Hülya) (Feature film)
  • 2011 – 2012 – Adını Feriha Koydum (The Girl Named Feriha) (as Feriha) (TV Series)
  • 2010 – 2012 – Behzat Ç. Bir Ankara Polisiyesi Sezon (as Berna) (TV Series)
  • 2008 – 2009 – Aşk-ı Memnu (Forbidden Apple) (as Nihal Ziyagil) (TV Series)
  • 2007 – Genco (as Özge / Gülay) (TV Series)
  • 2006 – Taşların Sırrı (as Bengü) (TV Series)
  • 2006 – Sıla (as Berrin) (TV Series)
  • In 2006 – Acemi Cadı (as Pelin) (TV Series)

Her Best Appearances on TV

Even though she gave life to many characters on both TV and cinema, and received many awards thanks to her talent in acting, she has two best performances on TV. The first one was Nihal Ziyagil in the iconic Turkish TV drama Aşk-ı Memnu (Forbidden Love) between 2008-2010. It was her best debut on TV and she proved her talent in acting. In this TV drama, Hazal Kaya starred along with the acclaimed Turkish actor and actress Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ and Beren Saat.

Hazal Kaya as Nihal Ziyagil in the iconic Turkish TV drama Aşk-ı Memnu (Forbidden Love)
Hazal Kaya as Nihal Ziyagil in the iconic Turkish TV drama Aşk-ı Memnu (Forbidden Love)

Then, between 2011-2012, she appeared as Feriha Yılmaz in Adını Feriha Koydum (I Named Her Feriha, or aka The Girl Named Feriha). In the series, she starred along with Çağatay Ulusoy. So, it has become a phenomenon in Arab Countries and the Balkans. Furthermore, it went down in history as the first Turkish TV series to be broadcast on television in India.

Hazal Kaya’s Private Life

Just like her life, the charming Turkish actress has a stable private life that she lives away from eyes. In 2019, the actress got married to the Turkish director, actor, and screenwriter Ali Atay. Then, in the same year, the actress gave birth to her first child Fikret Ali.

In 2019, the actress got married to the Turkish director, actor, and screenwriter Ali Atay
In 2019, the actress got married to the Turkish director, actor, and screenwriter Ali Atay

 

The actress has been pursuing a happy and respectable life with her beloved family.

Hazal Kaya’s Physical Features

What is Hazal Kaya’s height? What is Hazal Kaya’s weight? Moreover, what is Hazal Kaya’s zodiac sign? So, the actress is 1.58 meters tall and 49 kilograms. The zodiac sign of the young actress, on the other hand, is Libra.

Hazal Kaya is 1.58 meters tall and 49 kilograms
Hazal Kaya is 1.58 meters tall and 49 kilograms

Hazal Kaya Instagram, Twitter, and More

The accomplished actress and Turkish celebrity have more than 6.4M followers on Instagram. As for Twitter, at the moment, the actress has more than 992.3K followers. So, for those who wish to monitor her more closely, here is her official Instagram account which she uses actively.

Ali Atay, Hazal Kaya, and their 2-year-old son Fikret Ali
Ali Atay, Hazal Kaya, and their 2-year-old son Fikret Ali

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