Indian-born actress Roopashree Jeevaji moved to America in 2001. She has accomplished a stunning transition from a promising Bollywood career to Hollywood film and TV, with an American feature film debut in the romantic comedy "Wedding Crashers" and more recently in 2011 a role in the feature film "Taco Shop" alongside Eric Roberts, Tyler Posey and Parvesh Cheena (Outsourced) Recently Roopashree is also known for her work on NBC's "Outsourced," and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" on CBS. Her credits go on to include an independent feature "Hollywood Whores" and the short film "Independence Day" (an official selection at the 2006 New York Indian Film Festival).
Possessing that rare combination of beauty, talent, and brains, Roopashree seemed destined to become a performer. From the time she was three, she trained in Bharatanatyam (classical south Indian dance), performing by the age of five, and giving her Arangetram (graduation concert) at the early age of 14. Her acting career in India took off, when at the age of 17 she shot her first national commercial for Bru Coffee, India's largest instant coffee brand. What followed were numerous national TV spots in India. Growing up in South India with a family that revered education, Roopashree excelled in school. In addition to speaking five Indian languages and seven dialects, she was selected as one of the top fifty students from India and at 15, the youngest in the country for the international quiz competition "Exploration to Mars" held by renowned astrophysicist Carl Sagan.
Philanthropically, Ms. Jeevaji focuses her attention on Akshaya Patra (meaning "everlasting bowl"), an Indian nonprofit education organization, that provides a free lunch to over 1.3 million children and aims to feed 5 million by 2020, caring for their nutrition and enabling them to attend school. Roopashree is the co-chair for Akshaya Patra's Los Angeles chapter.
Roopashree Jeevaji resides in Los Angeles, CA.
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