Dietland’s Ami Sheth Divulge More About Her Upcoming Events.
Ami Sheth-Actor- Ami has had major Film, TV and Print success in both the United States and India. She has acted in several films including the recent SXSW Critics Choice Winning Film “Last Beautiful Island” and the Cross Indian-American Film “Walkaway”. She is currently on NBCs “Blindspot” as Afreen, the FBI lead lab tech. She has also Guest Starred in the TV Shows “Bull” (CBS), “Blue Bloods”(CBS) and “Delocated” (Adult Swim) amongst others. She has had the pleasure of shooting a TV Pilot for Discovery Inc. and Animal Planet which has allowed her to utilize her love of acting alongside her Education in Veterinary Medicine. One of her greatest past honors was being chosen to attend the Sundance Film Lab in Utah and working amongst many talented Directors and Actors from around the world. Ami currently stars in the Upcoming AMC TV Show “Dietland” as “Sana”.
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Ami shares more about her upcoming events in a conversation.
Tell us a little bit about yourself…
I am an actor currently on the new AMC TV show “Dietland which premiered June 4. I have been acting in TV/Films for over 10 years. I am also a mom to a beautiful 2-year-old daughter.
You had quite an incredible journey as an actress. Which was your favorite project?
My favorite part of acting is that it’s different every day. I get to take on different characters and it never gets boring. I like taking on roles that challenge and push me; My current role as “Sana” in Dietland has been the largest challenge of my career yet.
How difficult was it to get a break as an actress? Talk about your first experience as an actress?
Truthfully, growing up I never saw anyone that looked like me on TV. I never grew up thinking I could be an actress. The acting was a passion and a creative release. The entertainment landscape is slowly changing. There have been some amazing trailblazers who have had success in Hollywood and more and more roles are opening up for us. It’s an exciting time to be South Asian in a career where previously there were none.
How was childhood like? Were you a born actress? Any stories from childhood that you would want to share?
I grew up in NJ and had a pretty typical 1st generation upbringing. Grade school was tough for me as I encountered some bullying and racism. I think a lot of 1st generation immigrant children have a similar story. You balance your expectations of home and religion with trying to fit into school. The acting was always an escape where I could be anything I wanted to be. I found confidence in performing. My parents also put me in acting and modeling classes to help with poise and self-esteem.
Tell us a little bit about your Show Dietland.
Dietland is based on the Modern Feminist Novel by Sarai Walker of the same name. It follows the life of Plum Kettle (Joy Nash) who is the ghostwriter for Kitty Montgomery (Julianna Margulies), editor of a Trendy Fashion Magazine. Plum struggles with her self-image and self-acceptance. At the same time, there are news reports of men who have been accused of sexual abuse and assault that go missing and end up having untimely, violent deaths. I play the role of Sana, a burn survivor, artist, and member of the Feminist collective called Calliope House. The house serves as a place for Women to explore who they are and learn how they can make the world a better place for others. Throughout season 1 Sana uses her art as her outlet to deal with her facial scars. Sana befriends Plum (Joy Nash) and helps her through her journey of self-acceptance.
What is a normal day for you?
My days vary a lot-Which is one of the things I love about acting. If I’m on a project, shooting can take up to 12 hours or more. But otherwise, I get to spend my days with my daughter. We take the dog for a walk or go to the park. I love being able to see her grow. It’s going by so fast!
What is your favorite destination for traveling and why?
My favorite trips so far have been to Greece (Mykonos, Santorini) or Italy (Amalfi coast) with my husband. I love any place with warm weather, warm hospitality, and great food.
What do you think is your personal strength to be able to achieve so much?
I think I am a very strong person but truthfully I wouldn’t be able to do it all without the support of my family and friends. Having people in your corner who love and believe in you is priceless but you first and foremost need to believe in yourself.
Your personal favorite line for motivation and some words for fans!
I am very grateful to all my fans- Those that have followed my career and also the new fans who have watched me recently in my roles on “Blindspot” or “Dietland”. I especially love hearing from those that say seeing someone like them on TV has motivated them to follow a dream or passion. It’s so rewarding to think you’ve made a positive impact on someone’s life. We each have something special we bring to the world. Keep dreaming and pushing. Don’t give up!