We all understand that acting is not child’s play. However getting into the skin of the character is even more challenging. Every character poses a mental and physical challenge for an actor. The one who succeeds connects with the audience.
Rangmunch.TV spoke to Abigail Jain of Channel V’s Humse Hai Liife and tried to find out about her journey as Sia.
Rangmunch: Were you surprised to get the role of Sia?
Abigail: Ya. It was shocking and surprising. I really didn’t expect that after working for so long in the television industry and playing characters that were absolutely different from this one, they would offer the character of Sia to me. For some reason I had a very good feeling and was desperate to play this role. I knew it was different and it would put forth a completely different image of me before the audience.
Rangmunch: How did you prepare yourself for the role of Sia ?
Abigail: Aah! I have always played very matured characters. Sia is in a way matured but at the same time she is 17, so she is a little kiddish in her own ways. I had to go through an acting workshop obviously like all the others in the show. I went through rigorous training because a boxer has a particular body language. The way they walk and move even in the ring, everything had to be like perfect. So I went through boxing training for almost 2 months and also acting to adapt myself to the character.
Rangmunch: Did you face some real punches during your boxing sessions?
Abigail: Ya Ya!! I have faced the heat (laughs out). Even while shooting I have got real punches. The person who taught me, Shankar, he was quite good with what he was doing but he made sure that I got a few punches so that when I get a blow on set I know how to handle myself.
Rangmunch: Any risk that you have taken recently?
Abigail: I think it would be doing this show because my mom was so apprehensive about boxing. I too have never been involved in any kind of sports in the past and doing a show which is absolutely different from what I have done earlier. I was also worried about the audience reaction. What if they did not like me in what I am doing, what if I couldn’t train properly as a boxer. So there were many risks but I wanted to do it, so I did it.
Hope you enjoyed reading Abigail's journey as Sia and the effort that goes into portraying a character with conviction on screen.
Swati Ghosh &
Niharika Vidya Sagar