Avantika Vandanapu (Source: Instagram | @iamavantika)
Indian-American actress Avantika Vandanapu He is only 16 years old and has already begun to conquer the world with his trade. At such a young age, she goes places, works on Hollywood projects, and was last seen in the Disney movie. TO TURN who also stars Abhay deol. With a long list of awards, Avantika is also the first from South Asia to lead a Disney film. I was recently chatting with her and the young woman totally impressed me.
Here are some excerpts from the interview:
At a very young age of 5 years, he realized his artistic vocation. What was it that led you to act at such a young age?
I grew up being a dancer (Kuchipudi, Kathak and Ballet) since I was 5 years old and I was always drawn to movement and the expressive aspects of dance. I was selected for ZeeTV’s Indian Dance Dance when I was 10 years old and the competition was taking place in Mumbai. After experiencing downtown Bollywood, I fell in love with the film industry. Once I returned to the United States, I seriously pursued an acting career. Taking drama classes at school, doing open-call auditions I found online, and seeing legendary actors in movies are just a few of the things that convinced me that acting was my lifelong dream.
Heard you were homeschooled. Any specific reason behind that?
Acting as a profession requires a lot of travel and would also mean a very irregular work schedule, working in places where there is no Wi-Fi for any school work. Therefore, it was becoming very difficult for me to continue my studies in the regular school. So I signed up for online homeschooling from California where there is flexibility with attendance and job submission.
You have worked in the south of the country, you have worked in the American Theater, you have represented big brands and you have also acted in Hollywood. Are you satisfied with the way your trip has developed?
I am quite happy with the way my journey has unfolded! I am excited to see the roads to come in both Bollywood and Hollywood. I have been able to experience several different aspects of the entertainment industry in a relatively short period of time, and I feel very blessed to be a part of the journey.
Can you tell us about your experience working at Spin? A Disney movie is like a dream come true, was it the same for you?
I loved working on TO TURN. The Disney Channel team was terrific. For a movie that was shot on COVID, I feel like our team had as much fun as we would without a pandemic. I’m glad I left with beautiful memories because this project means a lot to me. Being the first Southeast Asian to headline a Disney Channel movie is insane. And as a South Asian person who grew up with the Disney Channel, but didn’t have a movie like TO TURN to look at, it means a lot.
You’ve won so many awards, does victory flatter you? Has he ever made you feel overconfident?
I really appreciate all the awards and accolades. It definitely felt amazing to be recognized, but at the same time, being among such talented and intelligent artists in Los Angeles is very humbling. I also compare and criticize myself more often than I probably should, so it will take a bit of time before I actually give some credit to all the awards.
What’s next on your plate? Can you tell us a little more about it?
I just finished filming a Netflix movie called ‘Last year‘with comedy actress Rebel Wilson. And I recently bought the rights to a New York Times best-selling novel to make into a movie. I am currently in the early stages of pitching the idea for the film to producers. In the future, I would like to be a part of empowering films that shed light on important issues in our society. It is very important to me to play roles in movies that can really make a difference!
I am sure that Avantika will also make us proud in the future. More power to you, girl!