Sandy Sidhu will be appearing in the series Nurses and she will also be appearing in the upcoming Apple+ series Home Before Dark. I chatted to her about both series as well as her time on Grey’s Anatomy. Thank you to Sandy Sidhu for answering all of my questions.
Could you tell our readers a little about yourself?
I grew up in a town called Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, off the coast of British Columbia. I’m very connected to the ocean and you’ll always find me on a hike. I am actually a bit of a geek. I have about 2321 sketchbooks still stored away at my parent’s house. When I was a kid, it wasn’t unusual for me to be found drawing endlessly for hours. I even made my own comic book called Blazer. She’s a superhero who went and beat aliens.
How would you describe Nurses?
It’s really a coming of age series following five rookie nurses, fresh out of school, working the frontlines of a busy downtown Toronto hospital, dedicating their lives to helping others, while also struggling really to help themselves. One of the things that makes this show special and exciting, it’s witnessing this inextricable bond that forms between our five nurses, while they struggle to find a work life balance that matches and counters the intensity of their new job.
What is your character’s journey in the show?
When the audience first meets Nazneen, you discover she’s whip-smart, she’s the daughter of a wealthy family in India who moved to Canada to reinvent herself and starts her first job ever. We’re talking ever, ever. The big question is why? Why does she transplant herself to a totally new environment where no one knows who she is? And why a nurse? This slowly unravels as the season progresses. I can’t thank our showrunner and creator Adam Pettle and his amazing team of writers enough to bring such an authentic, grounded, brave, funny and courageous character like Nazneen to the screens.
What have been some of your favorite on set moments?
I have so many incredible memories with our guest stars. I had never shot anything in Toronto before, and I was introduced to this amazing roster of Toronto talent. The show features a Canadian ensemble, with Canadian guest stars, and the show is even set in Toronto. I just love that we celebrate our country and don’t shy away from it.
You will also be in the series Home Before Dark, could you share a little about the series and your role?
I have a little recurring role on the show. Jon M Chu, the director of Crazy Rich Asians, was at my final audition and his movie was a box office hit as we were auditioning for the part. Safe to say I had nerves. He was so cool, kind and supportive. I found out later he liked what I did and the show brought me on to play Meena Roy. I can’t thank him and the producers of Home Before Dark for giving me a chance to play.
You have accumulated a large profile of work, could you discuss your time on Grey’s Anatomy?
Nicest show ever. Shondaland is a great as people say it is. It’s inclusive, progressive, professional and a lot of fun to be apart of. Thank you, Grey’s!
Where can our readers keep up with you and your work online?
Instagram at: sandysid