From drama to comedy, Daya Vaidya has garnered praise through the dynamic characters she has brought to life on screen.
She carries the ability to seamlessly transform into every role she takes on.
This year, Daya will reprise her starring role as political shark Jen Kowski on Amazon’s hit thriller/drama series Bosch. Based on the best-selling novels by Michael Connelly, the show follows LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver) through complex murder cases, federal investigations, and oftentimes catastrophic threats to Los Angeles. Daya joined the cast in season two and instantly became a fan favorite as the Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Los Angeles, Hector Ramos (Yancey Arias).
Aside from Bosch, Daya has appeared in numerous critically acclaimed projects in film and television over the years. One of which was a series regular role on the CBS hit Unforgettable where she starred as the savvy, street smart Nina Inara. Additional credits include: Major Crimes, Castle, Twisted, Two and a Half Men, and Dexter. Daya has also worked behind the scenes, recently producing indie horror/thriller film The Locksmith starring her husband, actor/writer/producer Don Wallace. The duo met on the set of the award winning, indie film Blue which they starred in together.
As a woman of color and a multicultural mix of Indian and Latin descent, Daya enthusiastically supports organizations that emphasize diversity in Hollywood and women’s rights. She is also a two-time breast cancer survivor and promotes breast cancer awareness and research. Chilled sat with Daya to find out what drinks she whips up at home, how she spends downtime, along with dining preferences and more.
Tell us about the projects you are working on.
Bosch is slated to go back into production for our 7th season. I also recently wrapped a television pilot called Beyond The Badge, starring me and my husband Don Wallace (NCIS LA).
With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?
My escape zone is the beach. Whenever I get a free moment, I put on a wetsuit, get my boogie board and head to the shore! I am also a mom of three kids, so downtime is spent being a chauffeur to them!
When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?
My husband and I have pretty strict diets. He is vegan and I’m a breast cancer survivor, so I don’t eat much meat, sugar or dairy. Our favorite restaurant is Gracias Madre in West Hollywood. Great vegan Mexican food!
What types of dishes do you typically order?
I love the three corn tortillas with cashew cheese and the Flautas De Camote.
Any favorite bars?
Don’t go to bars much anymore, but we recently celebrated my husband’s birthday at Page 71. Nice low-key lounge in Studio City that had a DJ.
What drinks do you order when out?
I’m currently obsessed with fresh squeezed Margaritas. Also really good wine.
Do you prepare drinks at home?
Oh yes! I make Margaritas, and not only are they delicious, they can kick any cold. There is no sugar or Margarita mix. You just squeeze fresh lime, lemons, and orange, mix with sea salt, tajin, a splash of maple syrup and tequila in a shaker with a lot of ice. Shake well and pour into a salted Tajin rimmed glass. So good!
Tell us about your home bar. What is it stocked with?
I love tequila, so I have about three different kinds. Vodka, a million other cognacs, and spirits that I don’t drink. My brother in law is a food and beverage manager so he is always bringing over bottles from all over the world.
Have you ever been a bartender?
No, but I was a server and cocktail waitress for over 10 years. I once worked at a Martini bar in Beverly Hills, here we made the most incredible Martinis, every kind you could imagine.
What dishes/drinks are you making at home right now during “stay-at-home?”
Along with my ‘make it to the next day’ Margarita, I’m baking my own sourdough bread, a big pot of my most favorite Indian curry, lime crusted salmon, and homemade pizza with the sourdough I make every day. And that’s probably only a quarter. I have three kids and must cook a lot! I also brew my own kombucha. I have about 4 gallons going at a time. I mix it with different organic juices.
How are you coping?
I turn on DJ DNice on Instagram, play it loud, dance and sing, while cooking for my family.