Sunita Mani could have easily captivated any heart with her ethereal beauty but she added talent to her charm. The Indian-American multi-talented entertainer is known as that dancer with funky moves in the Turn Down for What music video. Besides dancing, she can also break a rib or two with her comedic chops. As an actress, she is best known for the TV series Mr. Robot, Don’t Think Twice and Netflix’s GLOW.
Who Is Sunita Mani?
From stilt-walking in a parade as part of a clown company to viral rap videos, the GLOW actress has done it all. Sunita Mani is the girl dancer that served us the gyrations in the viral music video Turn Down for What. Since then, she leaves us salivating with every project she undertakes.
She was born in Dickson County, Tennessee, the United States, sometime in 1986 to her father, Venk Mani who is a doctor and Usha, her mother. Growing up, she wanted to do a bit of everything; dance, soccer, basketball, and even joined the student council. She reasoned that being the only Indian girl in the vicinity, she would find out where she fits in and that ultimately worked out for her.
Mani graduated in 2004 from Dickson County High School where the arts and sports programs helped prep her for the future she envisions, one where she would make people happy and be filled with joy and fulfilment in turn. Then, she followed it up with a 2008 graduation from Boston’s Emerson College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in writing, literature, and publishing.
Quick Facts About the GLOW TV Series Actress
Mani doubles as a comedian and dancer
While in college, she unveiled a part of her that would continue for a long time. She was involved in comedy and after her graduation, she moved to New York where she studied improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade for three years. Afterwards, she took up her dancing side.
Sunita Mani clogged at the Grand Old Hatchery in Downtown Dickson and was also in various competitions as part of the Miss Amy Dance studio. Then, she doubled as a dancer and choreographer at the Cocoon Central Dance Team which she co-founded with her friends, Tallie Medel and Eleanore Pienta.
She came to the limelight in 2013 when she served funky dance moves in the music video of the song Turn Down for What by DJ Snake and .
Movies and Television Appearances
With a background in comedy and performance, she eventually shifted her focus to acting and started a career therein. She first appeared in an MTV web TV pilot known as Writer’s Block. In turn, she also featured in commercials for brands like Burger King and Levi’s. Since then, her star has continually been on the rise.
In 2012, she had a minor role in the coming of age drama film The Unspeakable Act as Jessica. Three years later, Mani was cast in a recurring role in the drama–thriller TV series Mr. Robot (2015-2017) as Trenton, an Iranian-American Muslim alongside . That same year, she also had roles in two other films; 3rd Street Blackout as Elora and in Stinking Heaven as Sunita.
She appeared in a 2016 episode of the sitcom Broad City and also guest appeared in the fantasy-comedy series, The Good Place. She also had two film credits that year; Little Sister and Don’t Think Twice. In 2017, she set our screens glowing with her performance in the 2017 Netflix series GLOW along with a number of other diverse and highly talented women including as a Russian fighting pro Ruth Wilder and the American heroine Debbie Eagen () as they strive to be a part of an emerging reality show, Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling otherwise known as GLOW.
Her character, Arthie Premkumar in the ’80s set series is an Indian-American pre-med student who needs to make money and auditions for the reality show. She morphed into a keffiyeh-wearing, gun-slinging wrestler known as “Beirut the Mad Bomber.”
She landed other impressive roles in 2017 including as Fatima Khorasani in the web series No Activity and Pia in Search Party. 2018 saw her featured in the film Madeline’s Madeline as Assistant Max and in the musical reality competition TV series Drop the Mic. She is set to appear in Can You Keep a Secret? and The Outside Story.
She has been ethically misrepresented on media
Mani has often been typecasted in some of the works she has undertaken. However, she thinks that there needs to be some nuance in representation although she feels comfortable playing an Indian-American as she did on GLOW.
Sunita Mani’s Net Worth
Mani earns mainly from her acting career. Having been a part of highly successful projects like the critically acclaimed series, The Robot and GLOW, her net worth would likely be something off the radar. However, it is still under review and would be revealed soon.
The 5 feet 6 inches tall actress has been taken off the market. She tied the knot with the love of her life, Kenny Warren in an Indian wedding held in Nashville on May 26, 2018.
Social Media Profile
Sunita is predominating our screens but is less active on social media. She has a account that boasts over 21k followers and an almost not there account on Twitter.