Riya Ray is a model turned actress currently based in Mumbai,India.
In 2012, she shifted her base to Los Angeles, California and decided to pursue a career as an actress. She is a huge fan of the Ivana Chubbuck acting technique and applies it to her Theatrical work. Ivana has coached Halle Berry for ‘Monster’s Ball’ and Charlize Theron for ‘Monster’ for which both the actresses had won the Academy Award.
Riya is a member of the ‘Screen Actors Guild’ (SAG).Riya has also attended ‘Second City’,’Groundlings’ and ‘UCB’ for Improvisation training, which according to her, has liberated her of all her inhibitions and made her take chances and make strong choices as a performer. She attended a workshop on script writing taught by Pillar Allesandra who had worked as a Script Consultant at Steven Spielbergs ‘Amblin Entertainment’ for many years.
Her ethnically ambiguous and super exotic looks proved to be a success in her work in Los Angeles ranging from Acting in Films, Shorts, Music videos, National commercials,Modelling Campaigns,Endorsements etc.
In December 2013, she got a chance to work with Tony Kaye (Director of the movie ‘American History X’ starring Edward Norton) on a commercial he was directing. She says working with Tony was an experience of a lifetime and one of the highlights of her career.
She continues to travel and is ready to spread her wings and talent in today’s vast world of Global diverse cinema.
PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE PROJECTS
DON Project starring Shahrukh Khan
Role: Noor (Arab)
Director : Reema Kagti
Screenplay :Farhan Akhtar, Shahrukh Khan, Javed Akhtar
Produced by : Excel Entertainment
A Multi language Untitled Film
Role: Saraswati (South Indian)
Director : John Romeo
‘Sfida a Crown Valley’ (Italian title ) (2016)
‘Challenge at Crowne Valley’( English title)
Role: Isabel (Mexican)
Director: Giuseppe Antonio Miglietta
Cast: Tim Abell, Sasha Higgins.
Loaded ( 2015)
Role: Shireen (Pakistani)
Director : Chris Zonas
Cast : Patrick John Fleuger, Andrew W.Walker; Kumail Nanjiani
Less Than A Whisper (2014)
Role: Mickey Usher (Latin Mixed)
Director :Francis Xavier
Cast :Francis Xavier, Serena Lorien.
‘Argo’ (2012) ‘Winner of Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards’ ***
Role: Featured (Iraqi Flight Attendant)
Director: Ben Affleck
Cast: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman.
Riya is one of the first Indian model to have worked in a number of International music videos .
Recently she has worked in the video of one of America’s Leading Rock Band ‘The Fall Out Boy’ .She can be seen romancing one of the band members in a hot but comedic avatar.She has shared screen with the legendary Grammy Winning singer and the Academy winning actress ‘Cher’ in her comeback video directed by ‘Ray Kay’ (Director of Justin Beiber’s ‘ Baby Baby’ video).She can also be seen playing the romantic lead opposite the very popular UK based Indian artist Jay Sean in one of his videos.Other artists she has worked with are David Guetta , Niki Minaj , Machine Gun Kelly , Fergie and Trey Songz .
Riya is reportedly the first Indian model to grace the cover of TIME OUT magazine, Chicago Edition.Her dream of being associated with Sports Illustrated ,USA , came true when she was featured on SI.Com alongside actress Mila Kunis and Victorias Secret supermodel Giselle Bundchen.
Some of the major National Commercials and Campaigns Riya has worked for in the last few years are Loreal Matrix, Dakota Smith eyewear, Rough justice, Cartier,Gasser Jewelry,Toyota,William Massimi Italy, Cover Fx cosmetics, Target, Chevrolet, Cinema Secrets, VSP (US eye care Provider),Wonderful Pistachios, Suave, Fat Hair, Videogame for Fast and Furious, Chumash Casino Resort ,Hollywood Suits, Coors Lite, Budweiser, Sam Edelman (World’s Leading shoe Designer),Casa Fuente (Brand Ambassador), GlamGlow for Sephora, RingWraps and many other leading brands worldwide.
Has 3 sisters and 2 brothers
Is a huge Angelina Jolie and Aishwarya Rai fan.
Is trained in Indian Classical dance and Rabindra Nritya.
Is an amazing bathroom singer.
Can speak Bengali and Hindi fluently and has a knack for various foreign accents.
Loves to paint.