Q: How did you get started as an actress?
Salwa: A few years ago I took an acting class just for the fun of it. It took me by surprise when I realized that this is what I wanted to do. I started with community theater which confirmed my passion. I have since become involved with short films and web media. Currently I am in an independent film, an online sci-fi and a theater production.
Q: What kind of roles are you best at playing?
Salwa: I am best at playing women who are sweet and easygoing but can become mean and bossy on a dime and give you back 10 cents change. I'm the tyrannical leader with a soft core.
Q: Are there directors whose films you admire and with whom you would like to work?
Salwa: Yes, I would really like to work with Louis Leterrier and Corey Yuen for the work they did in The Transporter. I loved the mix of deadly action and subtle humor that I feel very much at home with.
Q: Do you have a wish list? Which directors?
Salwa: Steven Spielberg, Martin Campbell, James Cameron, Jonathan Demme, Richard Glatzer Alice Howland, Wes Anderson, Mira Nair and Aparna Sen.
Q: What is your background?
Salwa: I grew up watching Bollyhood movies and American classics. Being able to compare and contrast those types of films has helped me understand the layers of emotion that are needed to engage a viewer. There is a lot that can be obvious and "in your face". At the same time, innuendo or subtext can magnify and engage the viewer and heightens the experience to new levels. I am able to appreciate and continue trying to bring to my work the range of more dramatic to very subtle attributes of human nature. Being fortunate enough to work in both theater and film, I am always revisiting skills and applying new ideas and concepts to my wor