When she was on stage at the University of Kentucky early this decade, Reshma Shetty was known for playing ambitious young women such as Zelina in Don Giovanni and Musetta in La Boheme.
Next week, the nation will get to know Shetty as an ambitious physician assistant in the new USA Network series Royal Pains.
The series, which debuts at 10 p.m. Thursday on USA, centers on a doctor, Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein), who retreats into private medicine for wealthy residents of the Hamptons after a career setback. Shetty plays a woman from a wealthy family who talks her way into being Hank's assistant. It's a gig she has to hide from her family, who would not approve.
After leaving UK, Shetty studied at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and had the lead role of Priya in the national tour of Bombay Dreams by A.R. Rahman, who went on to win two Oscars this year for his work on Slumdog Millionaire. Shetty is now based in New York, where she has worked with numerous theaters, made her off-Broadway debut in Ayub Khan-Din's Rafta Rafta, and appeared in a guest role on 30 Rock. Shetty is also the face of the Dove moisturizer bar in India.