Pooya Mohseni is an Iranian American actor, transgender advocate and writer. She’s currently a recurring guest star on the new crime drama “Big Dogs” produced by Choice Films & Theatricals, directed by Mathew Penn and Tony Glazer, to be released in 2018. She’s also a recurring guest star in the first season of the USA network’s “Falling Water.” Her recent stage performances include “The Good Muslim” by Zakiyyah Alexander, directed by William Carden as part of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s One Act marathon, Baltimore Center Stage’s “The White Snake”, directed by Natsu Onoda Power, Madame in The OUTLIERS’ production of “The Maids” directed by Ben Gunderson and the title role in “Death of a Persian Prince” at NYMITF & SAIPAF, directed by Dewey Moss. Pooya appeared at Theatre Row Theatres last November in “One Woman”, a one woman show written by Cecilia Copeland & directed by Joan Kane, as part of the United Solo theatre festival. Learn more about Pooya on her website, Twitter or Instagram (@pooyaland).
1. Do you have any phobias?
Oh yes! I’m terrified of the dark and even though I know that as a grown woman that’s insane, but I can’t help it! I’m also afraid of any water mass other than a nicely painted pool, or my bathtub, insects, with a dash of claustrophobia. Yes, you may laugh, but that’s how it is.
2. What song can you not get enough of right now?
I’m an old school girl so “The Winner takes it all” from ABBA and “Try Me” by Donna Summer never get old. Add a dash of “I’ll be seeing you” by Billie Holiday and we’re good!
3. Which celebrity would render you totally star struck if you were to meet him/her?
If I opened a door and Maggie Smith was standing there, I would probably giggle like a school girl, or Meryl, or OPRAH!
4. What would be your best piece of relationship advice?
Well, my advice may not bring happiness, but it brings truth: go for what you need. Sometimes you need a warm body and sometimes you need respect. Know which one is more important to you at that moment and go after that. Life doesn’t have room for regret, so if you do something that doesn’t work for you, learn from it and don’t do it again. That is what wisdom is. But don’t be too wise, because then you won’t have any fun. Balance wins in the end.
5. If you could wake up tomorrow with one talent or skill you don’t presently have, what would you want that to be?
If I could have one skill tomorrow, it would be to have a photographic memory. If I could have a talent, real or not, it would be the ability to affect people’s thoughts by looking at them. I would really enjoy that trait. Well, you didn’t say it had to be real!
Currently, Pooya stars in the new web series, “Grosse Misconduct.”