Pop-Culturalist Chats with Vas Saranga

Vas Saranga

Vas Saranga is a man of many talents. He has written and directed dozen of digital shorts. He has acted in a variety of genres in both film and television. Vas began his journey to screen work in high school, and he hasn’t stopped since. He landed a breakout lead role in TVO’s A World of Wonders. From there, you can see him in Mudpit, Unnatural History, The Strain, and many others. He’s joined two wildly popular TV shows—Orphan Black and The Girlfriend Experience—which we were able to chat with him about.

P-C: What was it like joining Orphan Black, a very critically acclaimed show, in its final season? 
Vas: It was exciting because I’ve been a fan of the show since it started. It was also daunting because it was the final season, and I didn’t want the show to end. Everyone was very welcoming of the new cast members, and we fit right in as soon as we started shooting.

P-C: How did you prepare for your role as Amar?
Vas: I researched how to work with tracking dogs and actually did physical training—lots of running as well as extra resistance training for the muscles required to pull heavy dogs. I also watched all the previous episodes again to remind myself of the tone and plot details.

P-C: Can you give us a little sneak peek at what your role on The Girlfriend Experience is going to be? 
Vas: I can’t say much except that mmy character, Tim, works with the leade character, Erica Myles, at a Washington, D.C. Super PAC (Politician Action Committee).

P-C: What has been your biggest challenge in your career so far?
Vas: Definitely maturing into older roles after having played younger characters for so many years.

P-C: What is the best piece of advice you’ve received that you would pass on?
Vas: Never stop learning.

Pop-Culturalist Speed Round

Guilty pleasure TV show or movie
The O.C.

Favorite play or musical
Glengarry Glen Ross

Favorite Book
The Power of Now

Go-to karaoke song
“Believe it or not” by Joey Scarbury

Hidden Talent
Piano

 

Make sure to follow Vas on Twitter and Instagram!

Taraneh

Taraneh has been happily living in NYC for over a decade, but originally hails from the Midwest. Enamored with books at a young age, she grew up making stories, playing make believe, and loving the musical and performing arts. She is great at binge-watching TV shows. Some current favorites: Schitt's Creek, A Court of Mist & Fury, Chris Pratt, and The Magicians.

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