Photo by Lisa Hinsberger
LIVES IN: West Loop. GREW UP IN: Oak Brook and Westmont. CLAIMS TO FAME: After landing bit parts in shows like “All My Children” and “Chicago Med,” the actress recently created and stars in “Geeta’s Guide to Moving On,” an addictive YouTube comedy series based on her real-life breakup and Indian-American upbringing. ALL IN THE FAMILY: Mohindra’s mother appears in the pilot episode of the series, which satirizes everything from app-driven hookup culture to divorce counseling. “I grew up on the American sitcom, and my parents have an amazing sense of humor,” she says. “They taught me to find humor in heartache.” MAKING HER WAY: After graduating from the Medill School of Journalism and getting her MFA in acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Mohindra worked in LA, where she met and bonded with “Insecure” creator and star Issa Rae, who rose to fame after creating the popular web series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.” “Through her mentorship and encouragement [“Geeta’s Guide”] evolved. She was the one person who said to go back and film it in Chicago.” FLYING SOLO: Prior to ‘Geeta’s Guide,’ Mohindra performed a one-woman workshop production at Silk Road Rising (77 W. Washington). “The storefront theater scene is proof of how much is going on here artistically.” LOCAL LOVE: “[Chicago] is such a supportive community. The venues in the show donated their spaces,” Mohindra says. Action flits from Mi Fogata in Pilsen to Arthur Murray dance studio in River North to Pueblito Viejo in Lincoln Square and beyond. THE BUSIER, THE BETTER: The actress also works as a real-estate agent for @properties. “Real estate has given me an intimate window into people’s lives. It adds depth to my artistry as I bring characters to life and tell stories.” COMING UP: Mohindra hopes to eventually get “Geeta’s Guide” adapted for TV — and vows to keep her family ties strong. “I promised my mom I’d help her develop a vegetarian cooking show for YouTube.”
Watch “Geeta’s Guide” at Geetasguidetomovingon.com
Shot on location at La Josie, 740 W. Randolph
Makeup: Nancy Vela
Hair: Kyra Parker
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