You are an actor, producer and writer. Which is your favorite role?
I must say acting is my favorite. You get to see yourself in so many different circumstances that you have to keep working at keeping your performance truthful. You are exposed emotions all there for the world to see. That could be a scary task. You just have to get used to throw yourself into the unknown.
Hopefully at some point in your performance you can move the audience in ways they have never been before. You can make them pause and think. Maybe inspire a change. If you can do that you can make a difference. I wish I could have seen such a performance when I was a kid. It would have made my life less challenging.
You are one of the leads in a new show called ‘Sangre Negra.’ Tell us about that?
Yes. My role is a first. When have you seen an Indian police captain? I am also in three new movies called ‘Treasure Hunters,’ ‘Seventy Nine’ (being released in Europe under the name Asylum) and ‘Ghost Goggles.’
We shot ‘Treasure Hunters’ in the Philippines which was a great experience as an actor. However as an ex-Marine it was not my first time in the jungle. ‘Seventy Nine’ was an emotionally draining role. Very challenging. I had to play a character that hated and beat up women. He got into fights and ended up in an asylum. It was difficult because I had to reach back into my own life. When I was seven years old I saw my dad hit my mom while drunk. He used to abuse us. This role forced me to go back there. And that was a very scary proposition. It took me an hour or so after the shoot to calm down. Shooting ‘Ghost Goggles’ was fun and enjoyable. A hit man with a conscience. At the end of the day he cared about people.
Who have been some great influences in your life as an actor?
I have to say Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington and Jack Nicholson.
Right now I am working on a sci-fi movie with a bunch of spiders. That’s all I can say for now. It is great to have the opportunity to work with professionals of the caliber of my producer/partner Berenika Maciejewicz. She is a powerhouse to be reckoned with.
How do you feel when you attend award ceremonies?
The Emmy Awards are special because I am one of the first Indian actors to become a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. As a group we keep making huge strides to be more diverse and inclusive. It is a great organization to be part of.
I really enjoy talking to the press. On a recent red carpet I had the pleasure of meeting Indian director and activist Sanjay Rawal in support of his documentary, Food Chains. Eva Longoria was executive producer of this eye opening documentary about the food we eat and what goes on behind the scenes. This documentary raised a lot of awareness—the kind of difference I want to make in society through my work.
What is your dream role?
I know this may sound crazy and far- fetched but I would like to play Batman. Just so little boys and girls could see anything is possible. It would be a totally different version. The reason I like Batman is he ages and he gets hurt. He doesn’t have superpowers but a lot of ingenuity. He solves whatever he is presented with. Thats how I live my life.