You’ve seen her on Saving Hope, American Gods, The Strain, Defiance and so many other Films/TV Series.
We recently caught up with Parveen Kaur at the MISAFF (Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival) where she is the MISAFF 2017 Star.
Parveen hails from British Columbia’s beautiful Okanagan Valley.
Parveen moved to Toronto at the age of 19 to pursue a career in Film and Television and is now a rapidly rising star with a recent role on Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. Best known for her work on Guillermo del Toro’s hit FX series The Strain and CTV’s Saving Hope as Dr. Asha Mirani, Parveen currently stars as Christine in ABC’s (FREEFORM) sci-fi series, Beyond. Her upcoming work includes roles alongside Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games) and Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men) in the upcoming thriller, American Hangman, and an indie feature alongside Grey’s Anatomy’s Giacomo Gianniotti and Adeline Kane (CW’s Reign, Teen Wolf).
1. What was your big break?
My big break was The Strain Season 2, playing Aanya Gupta alongside Miguel Gomez (Gus) and Joaquin Cosio (The Silver Angel). As well as, Saving Hope where I played Dr. Asha Mirani
2. What project are you most proud of and Why?
Oh man, that’s a hard one to answer. Most of my projects are pretty personal and it would be heard to pick just one.
3. What advice do you have for anyone at the beginning of their career?
FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS. Surround yourself with people who have strong work ethic. Be open and challenge yourself.
4. How do you prepare for an audition?
My prep for auditions is fairly basic. First, I try to understand the scene, what’s going on, who’s in the scene and what my character wants. Then I try to create an arc within the scene so that it has a place to go, which makes it interesting to watch. For me, if I over prep I have a harder time in the room being open and end up in my head more.
5. What tips do you have for someone when they are in the audition room?
Honestly, auditioning has never been a strength of mine and the only way I got better was from experience and being in the room more and more and getting the practice.
6. Is it necessary for performers to continually promote themselves in order to advance their performance careers?
Absolutely not. Just focus on the work! Everything else will fall in place, at least that’s what I believe.
7. Do you think appearing in a tabloid magazine can help one’s career?
I guess that depends on what type of career you want and what you want to be recognized for.
8. What are some of the challenges performers face on film/TV sets?
There is a lot of downtime so it can be hard to stay in a head space for your performance for so long in between. Craft, I over eat on set haha.
9. What do you feel the film/TV industry can do differently in order to grow?
It’s easier said than done, and this applies more to the Canadian industry, but taking more time to create better content. But of course, much easier said than done.
10. We all have mentors. These are the people who give us the hope, inspiration,
and the drive to keep going. In the industry, who are the people who have been
your mentors and why?
Oh, I have had so many. Bruce Clayton, Lewis Baumander, John Riven. Fellow actors inspire me the most.
PARVEEN IS REPRESENTED BY:
Tiffany Kuzon at Primary Wave Entertainment