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Over the years, through hard work and sheer determination, she booked numerous commercials and short films, before landing her first major lead in the independent film, Touch My Girl. The experience was life altering, and she soon realized that there was nothing else in life that she would rather do than act.

Her next major role was as the heroine in the Lions Gate film The Slaughterhouse Massacre, for which Shaila is still most recognized worldwide. Following that, Shaila booked her most notable television role, as Dia Keating for MTV’s The N Network’s teen series, What Goes On. The show was centered around and shot outside of Philadelphia. The network has yet to announce its cable air date, but the full series is available to view on
Youtube.
   
Most recently, Shaila has been featured in a role on the hit CBS show, How I Met Your Mother, alongside Emmy nominated Neil Patrick Harris. The episode is scheduled to air October 2008 during the show’s 4th season. Also, Shaila will be featured in 2009 in the independent thriller P.O.V.

 

Shaila Vaidya came into this world via the small town of Wooster, Ohio. Throughout her life she – along with her parents and two younger brothers – moved around, living in such locations as Texas and Canada, before finally returning to Wooster, all before she became a teenager.

Shaila booked her first modeling job at the tender age of two for a local shopping mall ad in the Austin American Statesman, in which she wowed the photographers with her energy.  An active youth, she constantly pursued a variety of activities – dance, cheerleading, tennis, lacrosse, modeling … just to name a few. Through all her extracurricular pursuits, Shaila continued to be a straight A student with the dream of becoming a doctor or zoologist. She’s a self proclaimed science & math nerd at heart, and is the proud owner of two fire-bellied toads (Snoop and Dre) and an adorable yorkie (Carter).

It actually wasn’t until her mid teens, when Shaila was competing in an acting & modeling competition in NYC that she thought to explore the world of acting. She took her first acting class at the age of 16 and a new passion ignited in her. Shortly after, Shaila decided to pack up everything and move to the bright lights of Hollywood.

Shaila’s first steps in LA were made in the acting program at the renowned American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After attending courses there she continued her training at the prestigious Andrew Benne Studio, where she still studies to this day.

 

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