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indian bred. uk born. usa raised.
Mayank was born in the United Kingdom to highly educated parents, with his mother being a physician, and father being an architect. He inherited his parents international flair, as they traveled in the jet age to work throughout Europe and the Middle East from their native India. At only a few years old, Mayank and his family relocated from the UK to the States - specifically, Brooklyn and Queens in the 90's!
Mayank grew up on a healthy living of playing Sega, scarfing down Cheetos, and using his 18-story building as a staging ground for playing Cops-and-Robbers with friends. And while life was fun as a youngster, he wanted to follow in his mother's footsteps and become a doctor.
However, Mayank always had fun entertaining his friends through impressions and fantastical stories, and more importantly - for being taken with film and television. That gnawing voice precipitated during his high school graduation, and he had to decide;..
"Choose what you like or,
Choose what you love."
And so, he chose Love.
While studying Economics at Hunter College, he dived into the world of performing arts training, by taking movement, voice, dance, and scene study classes at various studios in NYC to emulate his own version of a BFA/MFA experience. In New York, In New York = Mayank has had the privilege to study with Bob Krakower, Seth Barrish and Lee Brock. In Los Angeles he's studied with Alex Taylor, Saxon Trainor, and Lesly Kahn.
Since then Mayank has worked on critically-acclaimed shows, acting opposite award-winning actors like Matt Bomer, Kevin Bacon, Edie Falco, Viola Davis, and gaining two coveted Top of Show Guest Star roles.
In his free time, Mayank enjoys road trips in the Pacific Southwest, as well as traveling the globe. His most recent journey included a 5-week tour of Egypt, India and the UK. He loves connecting with the locals, learning common phrases and trying to immerse himself in their world & understanding... after all, isn't that what it means to be a explorer?
Mayank is also a proponent of long term investing strategies. He believes that even fellow actors should be armed with the practical knowledge of learning the basics of investing, and should be taking consistent & actionable steps towards investing in their own future - be it through a Roth, traditional brokerage, various IRA's, or using other investment vehicles like real estate. He hopes to one day have an opportunity to teach and lobby for financial literacy to be a mandatory part of higher education - especially for youth in the underserved neighborhoods.
In New York, Mayank is devoted to the ongoing care of his older sister, who's battling ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). He understands the importance of fighting for quality health care. He's actively involved raising funds for his sister, working tirelessly with attorneys to hold insurance companies and health agencies accountable, and fighting to ensure his sister has the access to the highest quality of care and most cutting-edge technology available. He is also a proponent of caregiver physical, mental and social support.
While In Los Angeles he still remotely helps out with his family, But Mayank also enjoys hiking on Los Liones Canyon, or any trail with a view. He also enjoys a good surfing class in Malibu/Venice, as well as going to smorgasbords and endless events LA has to offer. Life is also about discovering - so don't be surprised if you see Mayank in a new environment. He strives to experience 2-3 new things every year!
... and yes, he speaks Hindi.
Follow his adventures on Instagram @mrmayanksaxena
"One of my favorite shoots to date is with photographer Walid Azami. I really respect his work and his eye - being a fashion photographer, creative director, and shooting too many celebrities to mention. When we finally had the chance to connect, it was magic. We hit it right off the bat. We wanted to create a storyboard of "I'm American, too" - of being brought up in the United States, and identifying as American, while also being someone that others call in the States call "ethnic". In my case, being Indian. I said - yes! I know exactly what you're talking about! So from that was born an evening running around Los Angeles with Walid - capturing moments of me in the middle of various storylines, yet who's also American as well. Working with him I learned that being a well-respected photographer didn't just stop at Walid knowing different apertures or lenses. Ultimately it was his passion for wanting to bring forth exciting ideas into an expressed artform - which is a passion both he and I share. Walid uses a camera, and I use my persona - but both are forms of art. This was a shoot done not for any other reason than to make art."
- Mayank Saxena
Here's to you... totally watching Mayank.
NCIS: Los Angeles
The Foster, HTGAWM, Law & Order: SVU, Gotham, Nurse Jackie, The Following, White Collar
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Catch Mayank on the new Ryan Murphy FOX pilot 9-1-1. This is Mayank's second Top of Show Guest Star role, and his third time returning to the FOX network.
Catch Mayank on yet another Golden Globe nominated HBO show - VEEP. This is Mayank's third time returning to the HBO network.
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Mayank is humbled to accept his first-ever offer on the Jonathan Nolan written series WESTWORLD on HBO.
NCIS: LOS ANGELES
A milestone achieved. Catch Mayank on his first Top of Show Guest Star role on the CBS global hit franchise - NCIS: Los Angeles.
Catch Mayank on the new HBO comedy INSECURE, starring the indefatigable Issa Rae.
Mayank was just cast in the hit drama THE FOSTERS, directed by Chandra Wilson and executively produced by Jennifer Lopez.
Mayank just booked a role on the Rashida Jones comedy ANGIE TRIBECA. Mayank is unable to commit at this time due to scheduling conflicts with HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER.
Mayank was just cast in the ShondaLand hit show HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, opposite the Academy/Emmy/Tony award winning actor Viola Davis.
A New York rite of passage - Mayank just booked three days on the legendary global franchise LAW & ORDER: SVU, working alongside Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T.
The Gotham City Police Department has a new recruit... catch Mayank on the new DC Comics inspired FOX show - GOTHAM.
Mayank booked a role opposite Emmy award winning actor Edie Falco on SHOWTIME's - NURSE JACKIE.
Catch Mayank opposite Kevin Bacon on the new cult drama THE FOLLOWING.
Mayank debuts his first professional appearance on USA's hit show WHITE COLLAR, opposite Matt Bomer.
Choose one of the following;
Your call... Quite literally.