ACTOR & CREATIVE MULTI-HYPHENATE
 
 

A B O U T  M E

British born, raised in Northern California, and with East Indian roots, my childhood was an intense blend of Bollywood and ballet, martial arts (Tae Kwon Do) and musicals, and many more cultural conundrums. I grew up speaking five languages, equally loving all cinema, from the swirling dramas drenched in song that Bollywood gave me to the fierce, raw indies and satirical dark comedies that made me think and feel, and everything in between.

I love crafting and inhabiting characters and the opportunity to exercise empathy and communicate ideas. An avid lover of mythology, psychology and philosophy, I admire the many ways stories are told and the power they can have to stir something inside of us and inspire change. After graduating with degrees in English & Women's Studies, I trained at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and am grateful for the opportunity to create.

I've played a slew of ethnically ambiguous characters but my favorite stage roles include Harper in "Angels In America", Prudence in "Beyond Therapy", and Susan in "Do You Want to Buy My Brain?"  As a member of San Francisco's Jump! Theatre, I wrote, produced, and starred (as an actor/singer/dancer) in the moody, mixed-media production of Terminally Female: A Cabaret, before migrating to Los Angeles.

 


Television credits include roles on BOSCH, SHAMELESS, THE FOSTERS, and SCANDAL. I can also be seen in various shorts, features, and series, including IN ABSENTIA (Raindance, Remi Winner at the Houston IFF), THUMPER (opposite Pablo Schreiber / premiered at Tribeca FF), and 20 WEEKS (opposite Anna Margaret Hollyman and Amir Arison / premiered at LAFF).

Alongside being an actor, I redefined the term "short" and negated all notions of typecasting with my comedic series, 
BROAD STROKES (Funny or Die). Since then, I've produced several series, shorts, and features, including producing/starring in the feature ABOUT STRANGERS (Best Picture, Innuendo IFF), associate-producing STRANDED ON EARTH (directed by Mike Bruce and featuring Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds), and producing indie darling SCRAP (directed by Leena Pendharkar and starring Vivian Kerr and Anthony Rapp) - under the umbrella of my production company Elegant Grotesque.


I also serve as Chief of Strategy of the L.A. based film collective We Make Movies, and am 1/2 of the musical duo VATAVARAN.

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