One of the fondest memories I have of Shaun Romy is of her as Anitha in Kammatipaadam, alongside Dulquer Salman and Vinayakan. Besides her striking beauty, I saw a woman willing to step out of her comfort zone in a bid to try out powerful yet impactful roles. Her willingness to experience newness and grow professionally has garnered a lot of public attention.
This Trivandrum born, Bangalore-raised actor had always wanted to live an independent life; living life on her own terms. When she decided to move to Kochi, a decision that was made unexpectedly, she was grasping at straws, but it never stopped her from dreaming. After Kammatipaadam though, Shaun recognised the potential within her. She only grew stronger with more exposure and surrounded herself with inspiring people, which only motivated her to become the confident woman she is today. Shaun Romy ventured into the road less travelled, made the most of the bittersweet experiences she came across on the way, and took the opportunity to grow as a better actor, model, and most importantly, human being. If there’s one thing you can learn from Shaun, it’s to never lack commitment and tenacity when it comes to pursuing a passion. The struggles are real, but the fruits of your labour is worth the struggle.
We had the pleasure to talk to Shaun Romy about herself, her action-packed life, and everything in between.
What’s the one trait you love about yourself ?
I am very self motivated so that means I don’t give up easily.
Describe the moment your realised that you wanted to become an actor?
While I was watching the movie Lion all by myself, it made me cry so much that I knew that I wanted to be an actor.
If you had the chance to back in time, would you have done BTech in the first place? Or, would you have taken an learning path?
I have thought about it and I wished I’d done arts and literature or psychology and philosophy because these are the things that I’m really interested in. But I feel everything happens for a reason. I work a biotech job today and that’s because of the degree I have in biotechnology. So I wouldn’t change a thing!
What does your typical day look like?
Wake up and Meditate. Then workout, mostly Yoga or Pilates. I do my work emails. I listen to music throughout the day. It helps me keep my energy up. Then I do lots of planning for different shoots and things like that. I also do a little bit of cooking. I try to read and maybe, watch a good movie.
Are you your own stylist? Who do you seek inspiration from?
Yes! I love putting different looks together. It’s my favourite thing to do. I am very inspired by ’80s, ’90s fashion, retro styles, the ’70s, classics and Rihanna!
How do you prepare for a role?
The roles I’ve played so far have all been of a helpless girl. It’s completely different from who I am. I am very empathic and emotional so I empathise with my character and get into that state of emotions. It’s a little bit miserable. Also, getting into the look of the character really helps. Once you are in costume, you get into character easily. It has always been more about getting the lines right. I rehearse my lines a lot to make sure that I say everything properly.
Describe one funny moment you’ve experienced during a shoot.
I remember being very nervous before a particular take. The cinematographer and director were asking to me to look at different directions for the take and I was so confused and terrified because I didn’t know which way to look. Everyone laughed because I was so tensed. Phew! Looking back, it definitely feel funny now.
What kind of roles do you prefer?
I prefer to roles of a badass person exactly like Uma Thurman from Pulp Fiction; someone who is rebellious and brave.
How has modelling changed your life?
It helps me connect with the world and express myself more.
Three places in Kochi you’d go to have cheat meals?
Cocoa tree, Kashi, Sethi Da Dhaba
Three Malayalam movies you’d recommend to your non-Malayali friends
Kammatipaadam, Kumbalangi Nights, Manichitrathazhu
What’s your top Instagram tip for upcoming fashion bloggers?
Do what excites you, experiment and create your own style!
What are some of your current fashion obsessions?
Animal prints, leather and stilettos!
What is one thing your followers would be surprised to hear?
I believe in supernatural things. I talk to trees.
One Kerala dish you’d love to have right now.
Coconut rice and Mango Prawns curry