Indian Actresses In Hollywood

Hollywood is known for its wonderful productions of movies and television shows. The one thing that makes it just as exciting is their actors. The actors bring to life the story that you are watching. They interact with their surroundings and other actors making the viewers enjoy what they are watching. Hollywood has a lot of famous people in their midst, among them, they have Indian actresses that are just as popular. These actresses have been in popular shows and movies, making them unforgettable and popular. Here is a list of just a few you may know.

1. Mindy Kaling

Vera Mindy Chokalingam was born in Massachusetts to Indian parents. In college, she interned on Late Nights with Conan O’Brien and also performed stand-up comedy in New York. During this time she noticed that there were little to no Indian families on television, this she kept in mind and included in her future writings and productions. She is mostly known for her portrayal of Kelly Kapoor on the hit show The Office. Later on in her life, she went on to produce Never Have I Ever and The Mindy Project, her writing forever breaking Asian stigma and representation in Hollywood.

2. Summer Bishil

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Summer Yasmine Bishil was born in Pasadena, California; her parents are both of Mexican-American and Indian descent. As a young girl, her family moved to Saudi Arabia and then to Bahrain, attending British and American schools. Summer Bishil began acting at a young age, acting in various roles from children’s shows to lead roles in films. Recently, she has been well known in her mail role of Margo in the television show The Magicians, an adaptation of the novel of the same name.

3. Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra was born in Bihar(present-day Jharkhand) to physicians in the Indian military. She spent much of her life jumping from different cities and towns in India, exploring different cities and experiences. As she got older she attended and won various beauty pageants, which is how her fame started. She has gained various experiences and talents from acting, singing, producing, writing and philanthropy. If you would like to read more about her you can read here. If anyone thinks about Indian actresses Priyanka Chopra is one of the most well-known actresses out there.

4. Freida Pinto

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Freida Pinto was born in Mumbai to Indian parents. At a young age, she expressed an interest in acting but struggled in deciding on the career path majoring in English Literature. In 2005, after her graduation, she finally expressed interest in modeling and auditions. In 2008 she finally landed her role in Slumdog Millionaire, jumpstarting her career in acting, making her one of the most popular Indian actresses in Hollywood. With this, she received great recognition and media image, allowing her to be part of various non-profits and expressing her voice towards feminism.


5. Hannah Simone

Hannah Simone

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Hannah Simone was born in London and she has Indian and English parents. She spent most of her childhood traveling to three different continents and attending different schools in each one. She began her modeling career at the age of 13 but decided to continue her education at the University of British Columbia. Eventually, she hosted various television shows and role on the comedy hit show New Girl.


While this list may be small, this comes to show that Hollywood is making its way towards adding a more diverse culture and roles. This list is something that will hopefully grow. Allowing future cinema and shows full of not just Indian actresses, but a lot of roles with minorities in it.

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