GETTING TO KNOW SUNITA PRASAD

Raven-haired beauty Sunita Prasad is a passionate artist, blazing a trail all her own, starting with a juicy role on Lifetime’s hit series, UnREAL. With summer flick Crash Pad and ABC’s Imaginary Mary coming up this fall, it’s full steam ahead for the Canadian native.

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HYDROGEN MAGAZINE: You are a Saskatchewan girl. What were the early years like, growing up in Canada?

SUNITA PRASAD: Saskatoon was such a great place to grow up. It’s a very friendly, family oriented city. The winters were no joke though. But we never had “snow days,” you just threw on extra layers and went about your day. People are built tough there!

HM: What was the transition like for you, coming to Hollywood?

SP: Well, I actually live in Vancouver, Canada… haven’t made the move to Hollywood yet. But I absolutely love LA and have spent a fair amount of time there. I’ll basically take any excuse I can to get out that way and would love to move there eventually.

HM: Who are some of your acting influences?

SP: There are so many like Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, and Claire Danes. But I’d have to say I’m especially inspired by Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling who are not only amazing on screen, but are also such talented writers behind the scenes. That’s something I aspire to.

HM: Best bit of career advice you’ve gotten so far…

SP: You gotta do what you love.

HM: Let’s talk a little UnREAL. You play London, engineer-turned-contestant on “Everlasting.” Who is London?

SP: London’s a Pakistani-American who goes on “Everlasting” not only to find love, but to try something wilder than she normally would. She wants to step outside the conservative life she’s used to leading.

HM: Your character was raised Muslim and doesn’t want the show to stereotype her because of her religion. Talk to me about that, and your approach to playing London.

SP: London’s very mindful of the fact that Muslim women around the world are still fighting for basic rights which is not something she takes lightly. So, that shapes how she reacts when the producers attempt to portray her as a Muslim stereotype. It’s great playing a character who’s very sure of who she is but at the same time has this curiosity to venture into new territories. You get to explore what their limits are.

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HM: Are you a reality show junkie yourself? Give me a list…

SP: I do watch my share of reality TV. The ones I currently follow are Vanderpump Rules, The Amazing Race, and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and OC.

HM: How much fun was it shooting Crash Pad with Nina Dobrev and Christina Applegate?

SP: I had a great time on Crash Pad! Kevin Tent, the director, was so welcoming and such a pleasure to work with. It was a really relaxed, fun vibe on set.

HM: You also have the ABC comedy, Imaginary Mary, coming up this fall alongside Jenna Elfman and Rachel Dratch. Give us the rundown…

SP: It’s a unique show because it mixes live action with CGI. Jenna Elfman plays an independent career woman who’s life changes when she falls in love with a divorced father of three. At the same time her childhood imaginary friend resurfaces and attempts to guide her through this new transition in her life.

HM: Let’s talk a little fashion. Who are some of your favorite designers?

SP: I wouldn’t say I have a favorite designer. I’m very simple when it comes to fashion– I want it to look better on me than it does on the hanger and comfort is key.

HM: Three best pieces in your closet…

SP: Again, because I keep it simple, I’d say these are more of my must-haves… a pair of everyday blue jeans, plain black tank, and I’m huge into getting outdoors and being active so I’d be lost without my Nikes!

HM: If you could raid one celebrity closet, whose would it be?

SP: Nicole Richie– she’s got the fashion sense I wish I had.

HM: Where would I find you on a Saturday night?

SP: At home if I have anything to say about it! I’m a homebody at heart.

HM: Tell me something we’d be surprised to know about you?

SP: Most people don’t realize that I’m half Ukrainian. It’s not something you’d guess just by looking at me.

HM: What’s the master plan?

SP: To live life to the fullest and keep family first!

‘UnREAL’ AIRS ON LIFETIME, MONDAYS, 10/9c.

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PHOTOGRAPHER: RYAN ORANGE

HAIR: J. MICHAEL

MAKE-UP: ANTON KHACHATURIAN

STYLING: LO VONRUMPF

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