India-West had earlier reported that the new NBC comedy by Indian American actress Mindy Kaling and “The Mindy Project’s” Charlie Grandy, “Champions,” will feature Indian American actor Hasan Minhaj. Kaling dropped the trailer of the new show on Instagram Jan. 31 and we spotted another Indian American talent: Mouzam Makkar.
Makkar has won a series regular role on the show, written by Grandy and Kaling, which centers on Vince, played by Anders Holm, who is living every bachelor’s dream. He owns the fifth largest gym in Brooklyn, dates an endless string of beautiful women, and lives with his dumb, lovable brother Matthew, portrayed by Andy Favreau. But Vince’s simple life gets complicated fast when his high school fling, Priya (Kaling), unexpectedly drops off their 15-year-old son, Michael, so he can attend a city school for super-talented kids.
Makkar will play Britney, a yoga instructor and self-proclaimed millennial liaison.
Britney is a former ‘Miss Teen India Hoboken’ and extremely ambitious, hoping to quit her job to become a fulltime Instagram model – the next Amber Rose or, at very least, Ice T’s wife, Coco, according to the network. But despite her seemingly shallow exterior, Britney can sometimes be a source of valuable, albeit unsolicited, wisdom.
Makkar’s TV credits include recurring guest star roles on Fox’s “The Following,” “Exorcist,” “American Horror Story,” and “Bones,” The CW’s “Vampire Diaries,” El Rey’s “Matador,” CBS’ “Stalker,” and NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU.”
Makkar was born in India, raised in the United Arab Emirates, and hopped over the pond in her adolescence to finally settle in Chicago. She started out in investment banking and private equity but has since found her true calling in acting and writing.
She is an ensemble member of Stage Left Theatre and has also worked with Eclipse Theatre, Collaboration Theatre Company, First Folio Theatre, Rasaka Theatre, the Side Project, Silk Road Rising, and Writers’ Theatre, among others. Regional credits include the titular role in “Romeo and Juliet” at Cardinal Stage.
Makkar, also a trained Indian classical dancer in Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf and the Second City Conservatory and Writing programs.
“Champions” will premiere on NBC March 8.