Sendhil Ramamurthy is a versatile American actor, portraying the role of Gabriel Lowen in The CW sci-fi romance series Beauty & the Beast. Also most recognizable from NBC’s Heroes as geneticist Mohinder Suresh and from USA Network’s Covert Affairs as Jai Wilcox, Sendhil has parlayed his exposure with a leading role in Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.’s Shor in the City and as well as an appearance in 2012 as Raj, the boyfriend of Mindy Kaling’s Kelly Kapoor on NBC’s The Office. His film work includes Love and Debate, Blind Dating and cult favorite The Slammin’ Salmon. Sendhil was with Liz Garcia’s film The Lifeguard where he co-stars with Kristen Bell, Martin Starr, Amy Madigan, and Mamie Gummer. He is married to actress Olga Sosnovska, perhaps best known in the US for her role as Polish businesswoman Lena Kundera on the soap opera All My Children.
Interview by Stephen Thompson, Ph.D.
Welcome to OpenBeas.com. How did “Beauty and the Beast” happen?
Sherri Cooper and Jen Levin called up and offered me the role. I hadn’t seen the show so they sent me a few eps and then I signed on.
Any Bollywood plans?
I am in the middle of shooting a movie right now called A Momentary Lapse of Reason with Kunal Naayar (Big Bang Theory). We play brothers. I just got back from India, then we continue shooting in L.A. in a few months. It’s not a Bollywood movie per se. No singing or dancing, but we did shoot in India (Hyderabad). Does that count (smiles)?
What would you consider as your one best gig or achievement thus far?
I think the thing I am most proud of so far is an Indie film, I produced and star in called Brahmin Bulls. We are finishing up the festival run of the film now and will be releasing the film later this year in theaters and then VOD.
Given a choice London, Toronto or LA, which would be your home preference and why?
London. I just love the energy of that city and I have a lot of friends there that I miss seeing on a daily basis. I went to drama school in London and lived and worked there for six years. There’s so much to do in London and I love going to the theatre in London. I hope to go back and do a play there soon.
What are your leisure time activities?
I spend the little leisure time I have by playing tennis. I am obsessed with tennis. Been loving the US Open this year.
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