By Jean-Paul Eliard
The 22 July 2021
Hi Evelyn, I'm glad to do this interview
What could you tell us about Summer your character in Mimi which releases the 30 July 2021 on Netflix and on Jio cinema ?
I have privilege of playing the character Summer who comes to India from America with her husband in the hopes of finding a way to live out her dream of becoming a mother.
What did you interest when you read the script ?
The script is so beautifully written by Rohan Shankar and our fabulous director Laxman Utekar.
There is such a wonderful mixture of humor and heart, and each character goes through a tremendous personal journey and are ultimately changed by their experiences. This is the kind of storytelling that an actor lives for!
What did you like during this filming in India ?
India is such an amazing country! It was my first time traveling there! I was so touched by the warmth and generosity of the people.
And ohhhh the food! The colors! My first career was as a professional opera singer, so the musician in me love love loves the music!
One of my passions is history. The cities and locations we filmed in had some absolutely incredible architecture and fascinated histories that I was enraptured in learning about.
How was the filming with Deep Joshin, Kriti Sanon, Sai Tamhankar........... and with director Laxman Utekar ?
Every person associated with this film was so kind and incredibly talented. Laxman is one of the most supportive and collaborative directors I have ever worked with. He absolutely brought the best out in all of us!
The whole cast and crew was so completely committed to telling the story to the best of their abilities. Being able to look in to the eyes of Pankaj, Kriti, Saie, Supriya, and Manoj was a gift. These are all actors that are absolutely at the top of their craft and it was an honor to act with them.
How long did the filming for this movie?
The bulk of the movie for my character was shot over a year, but this was elongated by the Covid Pandemic.
You played a wide variety of roles, Is there a role that you prefer more than the others ?
I am so thankful for all the roles I’ve been able to play. If you had have told me when I was a very little girl growing up in Las Vegas, Nevada that I would be in an Academy Award winning film or on some of the iconic television shows I’ve done, or a Bollywood film I wouldn’t have believed you! I’ve played “good” characters and villains, each has taught me a lesson…
I always discover something about myself and the world we live in. This is the power of stories!
I know it is difficult to predict what the future holds for movies, TV series, etc. for the moment with Covid-19, but what is your next challenge / project?
There has been such a long stretch of time where so many artists haven’t been able to create- theaters have been closed, musicians and singers haven’t been able to share their music live with us, tv shows and film productions have been shut down… so being able to just be on a set, whatever the role is, will be such a joy and a gift.
Thank you very much for your interview Evelyn and I wish you all the best.