Vas Saranga was inspired by his idol, Michael J. Fox, to begin his journey into acting and filmmaking. He became widely known for his starring role in Mudpit as Reese. He has appeared in several other shows such as Flashpoint, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, The Strain and soon, you will see him in fan favorite, Orphan Black. Read our interview with Vas as he discusses his role in Orphan Black and life as a creative person.
Are you excited to join the cast of Orphan Black? What can you tell us about your role as Amar?
I’m incredibly excited to join the cast of Orphan Black. It’s one of the best TV series ever created. Amar is part of a secret island camp called Revival, that is run by P.T. Westmoreland, the founder of Neolution. He’s a member of a hunting party, and he specializes in tracking with dogs, commanding two Dobermans. My character, Amar, will appear in several episodes this season, in a pivotal storyline.
If you found out you were a clone, would you want to meet your fellow clones? What would you do with your clone squad?
I would definitely want to meet my fellow clones. I would probably consider them brothers. There would be an infinite amount of questions, so I’d probably do the same thing that Sarah has been doing: trying to piece together who cloned me, how I was cloned, and why.
What is your favorite part about being an actor and a filmmaker? What is the hardest part?
My favorite part about being an actor is getting to tell powerful and entertaining stories by lending my personality to the material. Actors are the vessels through which screen stories are told, so as an actor I enjoy having a direct connection with the audience – being able to convey emotions and ideas.
My favorite part about being a filmmaker is collaborating with a team of talented artists in every department to make a unique and compelling film. A film crew is like a big family, and it’s incredibly fun and entertaining, and also creatively satisfying, to work with a team to create a piece of screen art.
The hardest part is sometimes dealing with the long hours and unpredictable nature of filmmaking, but in the end it’s always worth it.
What kind of roles are you drawn to? Do you have a dream role you’d like to pursue one day?
I’m drawn to roles that offer me the opportunity to express parts of my own personality, especially sides of me that haven’t been seen before. I think there’s humor in everything, and I’m most attracted to dramatic roles that offer the opportunity for some lightness in the tone. I would love to one day play a version of Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He’s the influence for the character Chuck Rhoades, played amazingly by Paul Giamatti in the Showtime series Billions. I would enjoy putting my own spin on a character based on him.
You are also a creative powerhouse yourself! Can you tell us about your own personal projects that you are working on? What (or who) are your inspirations?
I’ve written a feature comedy screenplay and I’m currently working on a sitcom pilot. I love writing comedy, and my influences are Judd Apatow, Todd Phillips, and of course my longtime friend and writing partner Shaun Rothman.
Last but not the least— if you could have a single superpower, what would it be? What will your superhero (or super villain?!) costume look like?
I would love to fly. I think it would be liberating. I would prefer an all-black costume, I think it would look the most sleek. It would also work well for a hero or a villain (but of course I’d be a hero).
Follow Vas on Twitter @vas_saranga.