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25 Questions with The Magician's Arjun Gupta

Get to know the man behind Penny - your favorite traveler.


On The Magicians, Penny is a foul-mouthed bad-ass with a less than great attitude; but in real life, actor Arjun Gupta is a warm and cuddly dude who loves his Nani. Find out more about the man who plays your favorite traveling magician every Monday at 9/8c.

  1. Weirdest place you've ever made out: haha nah y'all don't get to know that.
  2. Which of your cast members would you trade Twitter accounts with for a day? You know, It would be fascinating to experience what women have to deal with on the Internet so maybe Stella's account.
  3. Favorite food that's terrible for you: I have a big sweet tooth. But I don't know that foods are actually terrible for you. That's a strong word. It's the overconsumption of certain foods that is problematic.
  4. If you could live in any past decade, which would you live In and why? I am fascinated by MLK Jr. and Gandhi. So I would probably live in 1940's South Asia as India got independence or 1960's US during the Civil Rights movement. But if I tapped into an ability to travel through time. I am definitely going ALL over.
  5. If you could cast a spell in real life, what would it entail? Healing people.
  6. Foreign language you wish you spoke? French.
  7. Do you have any hidden talents (i.e. you can do a handstand)? They wouldn't be hidden if I told you :)
  8. Most embarrassing moment on set? I mean…I am naked a lot on set…I actually don't know if there was a particularly embarrassing moment on set.
  9. Who's scarier first thing in the morning, The Beast or you? Haha, is this a real question? The Beast…The beast kills people...
  10. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? An astronaut
  11. What's your favorite city in the world to visit? Too many! Kanpur India because that is where my Nani lives. Many other cities in India because I love seeing my family.
  12. Which of your castmates would you like to switch characters with for an episode? Julia.
  13. What's the last TV show you binge watched? Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  14. What Smurf would you be (I.e. Brainy Smurf, Vanity Smurf, etc….basically insert an adjective before "Smurf") Papa Smurf
  15. Finish this sentence, "Last Friday night I…." Was running a play that I produced with my theatre company Ammunition Theatre Company in LA.
  16. What was your favorite book to read as a kid? Where the Red Fern Grows was the first book that popped into my head, so lets go with that.
  17. What's more terrifying, being buried alive or being forced to listen to the "It's a Small World" theme song 400 times in a row? Y'all have a different understanding of fear than I do I think…being buried alive is what I pick here.
  18. You're in the final round of a lip sync battle, which song do you pick to take home the glory? Oooh this is tough. Single Ladies. Beyonce. with the dance.
  19. You've been invited to do a residency as a magician in Vegas, what's the name of your act? "Let's Peel Back the Curtain"
  20. Who was the best Batman: Adam West, Michael Keaton, George Clooney, Val Kilmer, Christian Bale or (presumably, given the movie's not out) Ben Affleck? They were all different but I am partial to the stories and style of the Nolan trilogy so I will go with Bale.
  21. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child? If so, what was she/or he's name? I don't know that I did. I had older sisters who I played with…or I have just forgotten this?
  22. What's your porn name? (it's the street your grew up on and the name of your first pet) Shoreline…I've never had a pet…so just Shoreline
  23. What was your first job? Concessionist and Usher at a movie theatre
  24. Something about me I think people would be surprised to learn? I am really quite warm and cuddly.
  25. What's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Sadly…check my phone for my emails and all that nonsense.


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