Shazi Raja
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Shazi Raja is a budding American actress who has garnered applauses for her impressive roles on both the big screen and small screen. She first gained public notice after appearing in the HBO television series, High Maintenance. Raja was quickly shot to widespread prominence after starring in the comedy-drama film Brad’s Status portraying a Harvard student, Ananya. The American-Indian is also popular for her role in other productions; a good example is the CBS series Salvation.

Against all racial and cultural barriers, Shazi is gradually finding her feet in the ever highly competitive film industry and as her popularity grows with more roles and endorsements, it is sure to spark a commensurate interest in her life, not just the professional aspect but the personal side as well.

A Peek At Her Multi-Racial Background

Shazi Raja was born in Houston, Texas, United States; her full name of Alina Sheherzad Akhtar Raja is quite interesting. Her birth year is captured as 1992 and the up-coming star celebrates her birthday every 13th of May. Raja is of mixed ethnic background comprising a German-American descent and South Asian origins, precisely Rawalpindi in Pakistan. However, being born in the United States makes her an American national.

Shazi, in an interview, revealed how her mixed ethnicity has been a big challenge for her. According to the beautiful actress, she is never white enough for her white family, neither is she brown enough for her brown family. The same problem has also remained applicable to her acting career, considering how much-underrepresented minority groups have been in the filming industry to date. Shazi will, however, not succumb to these barriers. The youngster’s passion continues to drive her towards her dreams. She believes that the existing color and cultural differences should bring the world closer together instead of causing segregation.

Shazi Raja started showing interest in the performing arts while still a child. She did her first show alongside her mum at the age of 8. Owing to her keen interest in the arts, she enrolled at a Performing and Visual Arts High School in Houston. After high school, the emerging actress proceeded to the Rutgers University where she studied for a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. As an undergraduate, Raja trained for a year at the Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare’s Globe in London sharpening her acting skills.

Her Acting Career Took Off In New York

On graduating from the university, Shazi moved to New York where she kick-started her acting career in earnest. She joined the Huntington Theatre Company and soon landed a role in their theater production of Kirsten Greenidge’s Milk Like Sugar playing the character of Talisha. Her outstanding performance of the role earned Shazi the Best Actress award from the Independent Reviewers of New England.

Shazi Raja later made her debut screen appearance in 2016, in HBO’s series, High Maintenance, starring as a recurring character, Eesha. She played the role marvelously well, thereby opening for herself wider doors of opportunities in the movie industry.

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She Earned Her First Major Role Within A Year

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Shazi Raja with co-star, Ben Stiller on the set of Brad’s Status image source

Within one year, Raja landed her first major role in Brad’s Status sharing the screen with Ben Stiller. She portrayed Ananya, an Indian American student of Harvard in the 2017 comedy-drama film. In fact, it is thanks to her perfect portrayal of the mixed racial student that she gained wider popularity in the industry, even Mike White – the movie director couldn’t hold himself from singing Raja’s praises. Also in 2017, the American-Indian got the role of Amanda Charles in the CBS series Salvation. In Salvation, Raja got the opportunity to share the screens with more established actors such as Jennifer Finnigan, Santiago Cabrera, and Charlie Rowe, appearing in a total of 13 episodes.

In 2018, Shazi Raja was cast as a recurring character Jaya in the comedy series, God Friended Me which airs on the CBS Network; the series tells the story of a forthright atheist who got a friend request from God on social media. The actress came in a major role in the 2018 movie, India Pale Ale, moving into 2019 with more successful roles on both TV and the movies. A good example is on the set of The Code where she was cast as Nazil Ahmadi in a single episode. Raja joined the cast of The Resident appearing in four episodes as Nadine Suheimat and breathed life into the character of Angela in Hunt – an American slasher film. More roles are expected from this talented American in the upcoming years.

Shazi Raja Is Gradually Growing Her Net Worth

Since she landed on the entertainment scene, Shazi Raja has been creating a niche for herself in the scheme of things, Despite being a newcomer in the movies, the American actress’ film Brad’s Status earn about $3.8 million from the box office within the year of its release on theatres.

However, Raja is still coming up in her acting career; her net worth is therefore still under review. But there are sources that have gone ahead to peg it at $200,000, claiming that the young actress currently earns an annual remuneration of $50,000. The actress no doubt has a bright future in the industry given her looks and outstanding her skills on screen.

Who are Her Family Members?

As earlier stated, Shazi Raja’s parents come from different backgrounds, and from what we have gathered; her dad is Pakistani by origin while her mum is the one with white ethnicity as she is German-American. However, the budding star has never deemed it necessary to reveal the identity of her parents but is known that they are US immigrants.

Raja talks about her paternal grandparents whom she has a close affinity with; according to the youngster, she always visits them in Pakistan. The only member of her family whose identity is not shrouded is her brother Ali who is younger than the actress by a few years; the records captured Ali’s date of birth as May 1998. It is expected that more details on Raja’s family will come to light as she grows in the industry.

Is She Currently In A Relationship?

Rumors ran rife that Shazi Raja is secretly dating 13 Reasons Why actor, Christian Navarro after the duo began posting each other’s photos on social media. According to the rumors, the duo became an item in 2016. The claim, however, remained unsubstantiated as none of them admitted to or debunked it. However, Christian in a recent interview revealed that he had just quit his relationship and is presently focusing fully on his career; although he didn’t reveal the identity of his ex, many have suspected it to be Shazi.

Apart from Christian, Shazi has since not been romantically linked to any other guy. She probably prefers to keep her private matters, love affairs inclusive, away from the prying eyes of the media. Her purported ex-boyfriend on the other hand has moved on with Kassidy Sierra Ramirez despite his claims of wanting to focus on his career.

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