Apeksha Porwal, an Indian actor, debuted in 2020's Undekhi by Applause Entertainment, continuing her acting success in the latest, she broke bars by being featured in an English-Arabic show 'Slave Market'. Method acting alum of Jeff Goldberg Studio, she's a seasoned theatre performer, and web series lead, and holds prestigious pageant titles. Trained in Kathak, and fluent in Hindi, English, and Marathi, she brings a diverse skill set to her roles.
Popdiaries got in an exclusive chat with the talented Apeksha and she shares her transformative journey from pageantry dreams to diverse acting roles. Unveiling her approach to character preparation, she delves into the challenges and rewards of portraying characters like Koyal in 'Undekhi' and Lavani in 'Slave Market.' Read on to know.
1. Can you share with us the defining moment or experience that led you to pursue a career in acting, and how has your journey been so far?
"I wouldn’t say there was a defining moment as much as an exploration of the field that led me to pursue a career in acting. I was always curious about acting, and so, after winning Miss India in ’17, I signed up for an acting workshop to explore the craft. After taking a keen interest in it, I signed up for a diploma programme at a method acting school. I also did two theatre productions. It was only after making sure that it is the craft I enjoy that I then did my debut series with Undekhi. I am grateful for the journey I have had so far, to get to essay a role like Koyal in Undekhi to do an International project this early in my career, it’s been beautiful so far. There are always ups and downs and the journey isn’t easy but it's all part of the ride."
2. From entering to Hindi industry through 'Undekhi' to an outstanding portrayal in the English-Arabic show 'Slave Market', you've taken on diverse roles. How do you approach character preparation, and which role among these has been the most challenging or rewarding for you?
"Character prep and bringing a whole new character to life is always one of the most fun parts of the process for me. The more challenging it is, the more fun it is for me to play. Building a character is like building a jigsaw puzzle, working on different parts from the core, to the physicality, to the director’s vision, the writer’s words and it all comes to life on screen. Ah, picking between Koyal in Undekhi and Lavani in Slave Market is like asking to pick your favourite child! Both have been very challenging roles to play and equally rewarding in their own ways. After spending so much time with the character, a part of it always remains with me in some ways."
3. You have a successful history in beauty pageants. How do you balance the world of pageantry with your acting career, and do you find any common threads between the two?
"Miss India was a childhood dream, acting was discovered along the way and after pageants so the timelines were not parallel. Contrary to popular belief, the two fields are as different as can be, pageants are about presenting your best self whereas acting is about completely letting go of yourself and being a vessel for your character. In both the fields, however, you have to let go of the fear of failing, and that too failing publicly. In Miss India, you win or lose in front of thousands of people, as an actor, your work could be a hit or a miss, all in front of your audiences. This aspect go being free, letting go and taking what comes in your stride is a crucial common thread."
Apeksha Porwal's journey from a pageant queen to a versatile actor exemplifies resilience and passion. Her commitment to embracing challenges and delivering nuanced performances speaks volumes about her evolving career. As she navigates both worlds, Apeksha emerges as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring talents in the entertainment industry.