Lankan-American actress Thushari Jayasekera plays the role of Pinky on the NBC half-hour hit television comedy Outsourced which airs in the US on Thursdays at 10.30 p.m.
The popular sitcom is based on a film by John Jeffcoat, and is produced by Robert Borden, Ken Kwapis and Victor Nelli, with Alexandra Beattie as the co-executive producer. About 25% of the writing staff for the show are South Asian. The first American show with a majority South Asian cast telling stories about India, it showcases a culture that many middle-class Americans are learning about.
Thushari Jayasekera plays the role of Pinky - a naive, simple, adventure seeking and hardworking call centre worker who still has to learn a great deal about the Mid-American way of life.
Thushari has earned positive reviews for her acting especially in the episodes: the Todd Couple, Guess Who’s Coming to Delhi, Gupta’s Hits & Manmeet’s Misses, Mama Sutra, and Rajiv Ties the Baraat. She states, “I am so happy that people love the show and my character as well, it is wonderful to put a smile on people’s faces with my work.”
She has practised her craft with sketch, performance art, skits and a little bit of stand up comedy and creates her own dance and movement and mini stories online.
Though Thushari has done leading and supporting roles in experimental/independent films and stage productions, the role was a dream come true for the actress after trying to get substantial roles in the Hollywood industry for some years. “I am happy that the production/casting recognized my good work ethic and skills that I can bring to the table. I feel thankful toward them every day," she says.
The stars of the show include Ben Rappaport, Diedrich Bader, Rizwan Manji, Sacha Dhawan, Anisha Nagarajan, Parvesh Cheena, Rebecca Hazelwood, Pippa Black & Guru Singh.