Our interview with talented actor Vas Saranga who can be seen in a recurring role coming up in the final season of the hit show Orphan Black as Amar.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Optimistic, driven, loving
Who is your biggest supporter?
My wife Marina.
How did you get started in the industry?
I directed student films and cast myself as the lead actor. I developed a love for acting and started training, got an agent, and began auditioning.
What was your first acting role?
‘The Webmaster’ in ‘A World of Wonders’ on TVO.
What is the best and worst part of being an actor?
The best part is getting to make art with other talented people. The worst part is the endless amount of rejection.
Best advice ever given?
Never stop learning.
Tell us about “Orphan Black” and your role as Amar?
I’m playing a hunter and dog tracker working for PT Westmoreland at a Neolutionist island village called Revival.
What we can expect for the final season?
You can expect more compelling drama, wonderful performances, some great laughs, serious action, and a lot of questions to be answered.
What has been your most memorable experience from the set?
Working with Tatiana Maslany. She’s so fun to be around, and her talent is inspiring to the other actors. She also lifts everyone’s spirits when shooting gets tough because of extreme cold or late nights.
What other projects you have been part of?
I’ve worked on Salvation, Little Italy, The Strain, MudPit, Unnatural History, Aaron Stone and several more.
Who is your favorite Actor/Actress? And why?
I think Paul Giamatti is brilliant. He has so much charisma and gravitas. He’s a force to be reckoned with.
3 things you can’t leave your house without?
Keys, wallet, phone.
What music do you like?
Folk Rock – Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, The Civil Wars.
Your idea of a perfect Sunday is?
Drinks on a patio with friends.
How’s a normal day in your life?
Memorizing lines, Auditioning, working out, reading, cooking, walking the dog, spending time with my wife
What is your favorite healthy food?
Baked sweet potato
And your favorite cheat food?
Vegan ice cream.
How do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully working a steady gig on a TV series while shooting independent films in the off season.
Do you support any charities?
Happy Tails Rescue – a Canadian rescue for small breed dogs.
Where we can follow you?
Quote: Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. – Buddha
Holiday Destination: Italy – Amalfi Coast
Food: Vegan Power Bowls
Restaurant: Doomies in Toronto.
Celebrity Crush: Charlize Theron
Song: Lover of the light – Mumford and sons
Sports Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Movie: The Dark Knight
Photo Credit: Vipoositha Gnanenthra