Poorna Jaganathan is an American producer and actress, best known for her portrayal of Nalini Vishwakumar in the Netflix series Never Have I Ever. by Mindy Kaling. Jaganathan spent her childhood in many different countries including Pakistan, Ireland, India, and Argentina. Some of her other notable roles include Blacklister #44 on The Blacklist, a journalist in Dehli Belly, and appearances in Big Little Lies and Better Call Saul. Jaganathan produced and acted in a play called Nirbhaya as a response to a gang rape and murder in Dehli back in 2012. Additionally, Jaganathan was named one of the top 100 most impactful Asians by Goldhouse in 2021 and 2022.
As a teenager with many friends who watch Netflix, I hear a lot about Never Have I Ever. My mom has watched the show as well as many of my classmates. At SALA, it will be amazing to hear from such a well-known actress about her career in Bollywood and Hollywood. It will also be interesting to hear about her childhood being spread out across many countries and her experience in the making of Nirbhaya.