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This season on USA Network’s “Royal Pains,” airing Thursdays, Reshma Shetty’s character, physician’s assistant Divya Katdare, is trying to decide whether to go through with the marriage that her traditional Indian parents want for her or to pursue her career working for concierge physician Dr. Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein), who services private, rich clients (and some who aren’t rich) in the exclusive Hamptons on Long Island, N.Y.
In real life, Shetty is planning her upcoming wedding to Deep Katdare (Shetty decided to name her character after him), whom she co-starred with in the musical “Bombay Dreams.”
“We played fiances in the show,” says Shetty, “Vikram and Priya. Here we are, three-and-a-half years later, we’re getting married. The wedding’s going to happen in March of next year, and we’re trying to coordinate where it’s going to be.
“It’s going to be in Manhattan. I have a few places I want. It’s going to be an Indian wedding, because my fiance is Indian. It’s definitely a wedding more for my family, because a wedding is not just you and your husband getting married, but two families getting married.
“So I’m just starting all of that stuff. We’ll see where it goes. It’s already very stressful, and we haven’t even picked the venue yet! I do have time, and I have a really great wedding planner, so I think it will all mesh out.”
As it turns out, the stage of “Bombay Dreams” wasn’t the first place that Shetty saw Katdare.
“He was an actor,” she says, “and I saw him in a movie my mother forced me to see in college before I was even an actor. He was the star in it. So it’s funny that our lives have been intertwined for quite a while.”
As for Divya’s possible wedding on the show, Shetty says, “It’s going to be her battle year. It’s going to be people really seeing more of who Divya is, not just this career-minded, put-together person. She has dreams, and they’re kind of against what her family has wanted.
“You’re really going to see how she battles it. The big thing is the marriage. Is she going to marry this guy? Is it the right thing to do? Her head and her heart, are they really going to align? You’re going to have to watch the show. At this point, I don’t even know. It could go either way.
“But it’s kind of apt, isn’t it, that I’m getting married in real life and also getting the preparations done on screen? So, let’s hope those two aid each other.”
When Shetty isn’t pondering weddings real and fictional, she’s expanding her horizons as part of the regular rotation of guests on Fox News’ latenight politics/pop-culture roundtable show, “RedEye W/Greg Gutfeld.”
Known for its raucous, sometimes profane humor, wide range of viewpoints and freewheeling discussions, “RedEye” could be an intimidating environment for the uninitiated.
(Click here for a recent post with host and author Greg Gutfeld.)
“The first time they asked me to come on,” says Shetty, “I was terrified, because I’m a staunch Democrat. So when I was told it was on Fox News, I said, ‘That’s just not a good idea. I don’t think our politics will mesh very well.’ And I’m not a political analyst, and I hate to go to things and not know what I’m talking about.
“So it was intimidating. But they are so nice over there, and they keep asking me back. Every time I go, it’s a fun topic, and they’re so fun. It’s a different set of skills to be able to do that stuff. They’re so fast on their feet. They’re so witty, and their banter is so quick, and to keep up with that was a learning experience and still is, every time I go.
“It’s a very boys’ show. You know that going into it, but honest to goodness — they know exactly who I am and what I think, and they always have been really welcoming about it and very open.”
More than once, Shetty has occupied the so-called “leg chair,” the last chair around the table from host Gutfeld, where the camera gets a full profile shot of the guest — which is usually an attractive female.
(Click here for video of Shetty’s first “RedEye” appearance.)
“I actually complained about that,” says Shetty. “I said to them, ‘Hey, guys, how come I’m always in the chair on the left, while when I started this, I was next to Greg?’ They’re like, ‘No, no …’ The next time I did it, I was next to Greg, and I’ve actually said, ‘Can I not be in the leg chair?’
“I think I should take it as a compliment, that they felt my legs were good enough to be shown in that way, but yeah, I can’t deal with the leg chair.”
After all, for a woman in that chair, there’s a lot to keep in mind in terms of leg crossing and skirt placement.
“You’ve got to keep your back straight, too,” Shetty says. “I tell ya, there are too many things to think about.”