Naren Weiss is the handsome actor and playwright who came into the spotlight four years ago for his role of Osama Bin Laden in Kamal Hasan’s Vishwaroopam. We spoke to the Indian-American actor while he was shooting for The Blacklist: Redemption in New York recently. Check out what we found. By Apeksha Bhateja
Home Right Now
We had a picture in our house that said, ‘Home isn’t a place. It’s a feeling.’ My parents travel a lot, but I am lucky to have a home in Chennai.
Although he is half-Indian, he was considered a foreigner in Chennai, where he grew up. “I’d footboard on local buses and trains, and hang out at the tea carts and hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and speak crass Tamil. It was a contradiction for others, for they saw a white kid roaming comfortably on the streets of Chennai.”
Favourite in NYC
A hookah establishment, Sahara East (184 and 1st Avenue; +1-212/353-9000), where he reviews lines and checks grades papers.
“Actor Donald Glover because he does many things, and does them all well.”
Three Things He Can’t Travel Without
A notebook, a book, and music.
Where To Next?
“I have a film premiering in Beijing later this year. I will travel to Argentina and Bhutan as well.”