RP: Why do you love being an actor?
AS: An actor can never train enough. Yes, of course I still train and always learn new techniques or delivery. I don’t take formal classes at the moment, but I do take coaching for auditions.
RP: Chasing Life deals heavily with “young adult cancer.” Italia has said that she loves the responses from viewers who’ve dealt with the disease, and how the show helps them. Have you had any sort of experiences like that?
AS: I think everyone in the cast is so aware of who their characters are in the show. Danny happens to be the comic relief and more than pressure I feel a responsibility to keep the scenes light hearted and fun. Especially when dealing with such a heavy theme as cancer. The writers do a great job of balancing it out.RP: TV shows generally have various directors. Do you find it difficult to have a different director step in for the episodes?
AS: Not at all. In fact I think it helps the creative process because you’re getting other perspectives. We’re all different and have different ideas- and when you’re in a business as collaborative is making a show, I think the more brains working together the better.
RP: You’ve discussed how you love playing “Danny” because he’s not a stereotypical Indian character. What’s your advice for actors constantly being “type cast”?
AS: My goal as an actor is to have a steady climb and keep improving along the way. I will be 25 this month and while I feel very lucky to be where I am at, I hope I am nowhere near my peak. I hope to have a long uphill career doing what I love. An actor I would love to work with is Jeff Goldblum.RP: This is random, but I read your a pretty accomplished saxophone player. Do you still play?
AS: I’ve been playing the sax since I was 9. I loved it, because there is so much improvisation which allows for creativity. In middle school and high school I played a lot and I even considered majoring in music in college, but then chose sports journalism instead. I don’t get to play as often as I like, but, yes, I do occasionally. RP: I always end with this question because I think it really helps our readers. Would you mind sharing your most valuable piece of advice for aspiring performers?
AS: Believe in yourself. There will be times when others won’t and the biggest mistake people make is thinking that matters. It doesn’t. The only thing that does is how you feel about yourself.