Having exercised her dramatic and comedic chops on “The Witches of East End,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “The Crazy Ones,” “Hannah Montana,” “The Suite Life on Deck,” and the NBC comedy, “The Good Place,” Indian American actress Tiya Sircar is gearing up for another impactful role.
The Arlington, Texas, native has booked a lead role on the upcoming ABC series, “Alex, Inc.,” which is based on Alex Blumberg’s successful podcast, “StartUp.”
In the comedy series, Alex Schuman, portrayed by Zach Braff, is a successful radio producer with a whip-smart, public defender wife, Arunima, aka Rooni, played by Sircar, and two confident, quirky children, Ben (Elisha Henig) and Soraya (Audyssie James). After years of making the kind of content that brings no creative fulfillment, in what most would consider an early mid-life crisis, Alex decides to risk everything – including his savings – to start his own business.
Armed only with the help of his overenthusiastic producer, Deirdre (Hillary Anne Matthews), and his fast-talking, unemployed second cousin, Eddie (Michael Imperioli), Alex navigates the crazy world of start-ups while trying to keep his marriage and family a priority.
“Alex, Inc.” will premiere March 28 at 8:30/7:30c on ABC.
In “The Good Place,” Sircar is paired opposite Kristen Bell and Ted Danson in multiple shifting roles, from an altruistic human rights lawyer to a power-hungry demon. She has also had guest roles on other series such as “Master of None” and “The Mindy Project.”
An established voiceover artist, Sircar lent her voice to the character of Sabine Wren on the Disney/Lucas Film animated series, “Star Wars Rebels,” and the short-form interstitial series, “Star Wars: Forces of Destiny,” opposite Daisy Ridley, Felicity Jones and Lupita Nyong’o. Among other voiceover credits is the Netflix/Dreamworks series, “Spirit Riding Free.”
“For years, I had always thought I’d love to do that,” she told India-West in an earlier interview. “People said I had an unusual voice, and I wanted to do voice work. But I was fortunate when I moved to L.A. to start acting in television and films quickly, which was wonderful, but I kind of never knew how to get into the voice acting world. I’d heard it was a niche segment of the industry and very competitive, and very insular, but I’d always wanted to.”
Her big-screen roles include “The Internship,” “The Domino Effect,” “17 Again,” “Miss India America,” and “Hotel for Dogs.”
Her parents, originally from Kolkata, India, are both college professors who instilled a love of the arts in her at a very early age. Sircar began dancing at the age of three, first Indian classical and folk dance, then ballet, jazz, lyrical and modern. After taking her first acting class at seven, she realized her true calling, according to her IMDb page.
Sircar graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with two degrees — one in theater and dance, the other in business.
“My parents are both Ph.D. professors and Indian immigrants, so I had to get more than just a theater and dance degree,” she told India-West. “I knew that after I got my degree, I’d be moving out to L.A. to try to be a professional actor, so I thought I’d better get this business degree to have in my back pocket.” (Read the interview here: http://bit.ly/1CccTuY)
Watch the trailer of “Alex, Inc.” here: