5 Nov – Showing true commitment to her drama "Lorong Kecil ke Syurga", where she plays a prostitute, Raja Ilya revealed that she prepared herself for the challenging role by immersing herself in the lives of real streetwalkers.
"The streetwalker role in the drama is a tough character. It is not a stereotypical role or an antagonist role like the ones I usually portray.
"I spent three days living their lives, at where they work," said the actress to Media Hiburan.
The "Suamiku Encik Perfect 10" added she spent her time at red-light districts such as Jalan Alor and Jalan Chow Kit.
After going through the experience, she admitted that she was not confident to play the character. However, with the help and guidance from director Raja Mukhriz, she managed to successfully play it until the drama went on to garner a nomination at the upcoming Anugerah Skrin 2015 (ASK 2015).
Raja Ilya can currently be seen in her latest movie, "Jelmaan", which started playing on Astro First since 31 October.