This is what dreams are made of," says Kunal Nayyar, "coming from Delhi and now being invited to walk the red carpet at the Emmys." Nayyar plays the character of Rajesh Koothrappali in Big Bang Theory, one of the most popular TV shows in the US. On Sunday, he will be gracing the red carpet at the the Emmys, America's most prestigious TV awards.
The actor hails from New Delhi and went to study in the US when he was 18. He had gone to pursue a Bachelor in Business Studies and, just for fun, decided to act in a college play. "I was horrible in the play. I realised that I'm such a bad actor and I must improve so I decided to take acting classes," he laughs. After graduating, he grew to love acting so much that he went on to do a Masters in Performing Arts. Nayyar managed to act in a few commercials and later relocated to London for a while to act in plays.
"Everyone warned me about trying to make a career in acting abroad. But that's what made me think about how cool it would be if I could make it. I worked really hard and then got selected when I auditioned for Big Bang Theory," adds the 28-year-old.
The hilarious comedy, based on four geeks who try very hard to understand normal social behaviour is now a big hit even in India. Everybody loves the innocent Indian particle astrophysics scientist who cannot talk to girls when sober. Is he anything like that in real life? "You know right now it's six in the morning. I woke up 15 minutes ago and downed a bottle of Jack Daniels," he jokes. "But seriously, it's funny how everyone expects me to be like that in reality. I've gone to the mall and girls have come up to me to talk and when I reply they get so shocked that I could actually speak to a girl," he laughs.