Ines Tazi of Netflix’s Perfect Match is chatting with HOLR about everything- from her time on The Circle France and Perfect Match to the exciting new projects she’s working on.
Ines Tazi is Netflix’s sweetheart.
The star of Netflix’s The Circle France and Perfect Match is sitting down to chat with HOLR about her experience on the platform’s top-trending shows. From what she really thought of The Circle, to who she had a sweet spot for on Perfect Match, to her go-to advice for people looking for love, Ines is giving us all the juicy details about her time on reality TV. During our convo, we also get into what she’s working on right now, which includes a very exciting project that you’ll hear more about very soon.
Keep reading to learn more about Ines, her life on Netflix, and how she’s the ultimate girl boss who can do it all.
Talk to us about Netflix’s The Circle France, which you were featured on- what did you learn from being a part of the reality show?
On The Circle, you are technically learning a lot. It’s very confusing. On a personal level, I think what’s really crazy is that it’s a reality show but it’s not entirely reality. It’s a crazy mind game because how can you be yourself- how can you really be “who I am.” You’re getting a lot of learning from that.
It was also kind of a harsh position because I went from a show that it’s all about strategy to a show that’s- a least meant to be- all about love. Anything I learned from The Circle, there was nothing I could use for Perfect Match. They were totally different.
You were recently on Netflix’s Perfect Match, which premiered on Valentine’s Day. What can you tell us about your experience?
It was a crazy experience because going in there, I was so confused about my own daily life. It was probably the point in my life where I was the most confused about anything. I was asking myself so many questions. I went there very naive and open-minded. It was also like speed dating!
The crazy thing to be honest is that we didn’t really know the rules. We knew it was some kind of dating thing, but I thought it was going to be a sports thing! I don’t know why but I thought it was going to be some kind of show where we were surviving on a beach or something. I was doing so many sports to prepare! Then, when I arrived I was like, “Oh, it’s a dating thing!”
The fact that I matched with Shayne, who just got out of Love is Blind and who really had such a natural, opening-up-to-me behavior, I really- from the beginning- had my brain conditioned that this was a real love show. I didn’t see it as a strategy show.
Now, I look back at it and I’m like, “Ines, of course, it’s a strategy show!” I didn’t know it was so strategic. I was so emotionally open. I don’t think I had a strategy but I was probably the least strategic person in there. Also, I had a sweet spot for Shayne so it made me vulnerable from day one.
Check out Perfect Match streaming on Netflix here.
What’s some advice you can share with others who are looking for love?
I would say the biggest thing- I know it sounds unromantic- that I completely reject the idea that there’s a “perfect person” who is going to be your perfect match, per se. I would focus more on the matching side than the perfect side. Matching is A: rejecting the fact that there’s one person who is going to make your life amazing. I don’t think love works like this. I think it’s more about you deciding to put the work in with one person and commit to that. I think in order to commit to that union, in a very healthy way, you need to really know yourself. You need to know your individuality and protect that at all costs- even in a relationship.
We need to protect who we are so much. I think that’s why some couples break up because we don’t respect those boundaries. We really need to A: respect those boundaries and B: learn to commit! Love is committing, vulnerability, and working! I know it sounds boring but another word for love is knowledge. It’s so non-romantic but it’s true. It’s important to know yourself and that’s the best way to fall in love with the right person.
You can do it all as a Netflix star, digital creator, and beauty-tech entrepreneur. Tell us more about your brand and sustainable personal care platform, Skult.
Skult is literally a passion project. It’s my baby.
It was inspired by my upbringing in Morocco and my love of history, craftsmanship, and tradition. I realized in my day-to-day routine- I used to be a boxing teacher at a university just for a year for beginners- so I was going there but I never felt satisfied with my shower. Back in Morocco, we have the Hammam culture- and so do so many other countries in the world- where the shower is where you take your time and just feel your body, clean your body and mind, and reset. That came to me even before COVID when I started working on this project. We did a lot of R&D, we built like an amazing product called a skin brush with our team.
It’s all about trying to take things that are grounded, that are ancient, that are rituals, and bring them back into our fast-paced life. That’s what I’ve been working on. I’ve been the one taking care of everything- from supply chain to marketing to fundraising, I’ve been the CEO, etc. I put it on pause two months ago because it’s so important for me to take care of everything and I couldn’t with other things such as the show.
It was frozen for a few weeks but I’ll get back to it ASAP so I will announce the launch on my social media.
What’s next for you?
I’ve always been interested in so many things. I do really like this idea of doing things with your own logic and there are so many things I want to do. Working in fashion has always been something that’s close to my heart because it bridges so many different aspects of my career. Skult is obviously something I want to work on but hopefully with the right team that would leave me with the creative space to take on other endeavors.
One of the passions that I always had has been acting. I’m working with the Single Mother Association in Morocco and a lot of feminist associations. To be able to learn the stories of these women and, through acting, trying to embody certain struggles and challenges I think is a beautiful, powerful, and humbling experience. It’s something I hope to do in acting- tell other women’s stories. That’s my long-term passion project- I’m already working on that on the side.
Published by HOLR Magazine.