Who is Sunny Leone?

Sunny Leone is a Hindi film actress, who was also a famous porn star prior to her arrival in Bollywood.  

Full Name: Karenjit Kaur Vohra

Born: May 13, 1981, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

Siblings: Sundeep Vohra (Brother)

Nationality: Canadian/American/Indian

Occupation: Actress

Spouse: Daniel Weber

Sunny Leone is a very popular upcoming Hindi film actress of the Bollywood film industry that is based in Mumbai, India. Prior to her arrival in India, Leone was a resident of Canada and the United States of America respectively.

Birth and Family

Sunny Leone’s birth name is Karenjit Kaur Vohra. She was born to Sikh Punjabi parents in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Her mother hailed from Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh, India; while her father was born in Tibet, but raised in Delhi, India. She also has a brother named Sundeep Vohra. As a child, Sunny was pretty interested in sports and athletics. She used to play street hockey and ice-skating with boys on a frozen lake nearby. At 13 years of age, she along with her family moved from their residence in Canada, to Fort Gratiot, Michigan in the U.S. A year later, the family moved to the new location of Lake Forest, California, U.S.A. 

Early Career

Before making her mark as a mainstream movie actress, Sunny worked at a German bakery, an automotive services company, and a tax and retirement firm. Following these stints, Sunny also worked as an adult film actress in the U.S.

Career as a Porn Artist

At first, Sunny wanted to be a pediatric nurse, for which she had enrolled in a medical college in Orange County, California. While there, Sunny was introduced to Jay Allen, who was a photographer was the Penthouse magazine. Sunny posed for the magazine, which kickstarted a number of photoshoots of her, in magazines like Cheri, Mystique Magazine, AVN Online, Swank, Lowrider, etc.

Next up, Sunny was naturally offered to star in mainstream pornographic movies. Sunny agreed to the offers, but only on the condition that she would appear in movies that belonged to the lesbian genre. However, after a while, Sunny agreed to feature in a porn movie with a male actor, who was Matt Erikson, also her fiance at the time. Following this agreement, Leone signed up with porn producer Vivid Entertainment to release Sunny's first full-fledged movie, which was titled: Sunny loves Matt. Sunny had committed to working with no other male actor than Matt, but after her breakup with him, Sunny also starred in movies with other porn actors such as James Deen and Tommy Gunn. Some of the movies that Sunny has acted in include: It's Sunny in Brazil, Busty Cops 2, Deviance, Sunny and Cher, etc.      

Bigg Boss

In what was probably the turning point of her career so far, Sunny Leone was offered to participate in the fifth season of Bigg Boss, a reality-based show modeled on the international reality series The Big Brother. The show works by housing together a number of celebrities from various walks of life and pitting them against each other in different tasks that they’re obliged to carry out. The house is installed with CCTV cameras and other interpersonal cameras that keep watch on every contestant and happening in the house. Sunny entered the Bigg Boss house on the 49th day of the season and instantly became a hit among the audiences. Her twitter account following grew by 8,000 followers within just 2 days of her stay in the house. Google said that the number of searches made for her on the popular portal went through the roof, leading to a “breakout”.

Foray into Bollywood

While a contestant at the Bigg Boss house, Sunny Leone was visited by Mahesh Bhatt, a famous Indian producer-director of movies like Aashiqui, Zakhm, Sadak, etc. The film-maker had approached her to narrate a proposed role for her in the movie Jism 2 (2012). Sunny grabbed this offer and starred as one of the main leads in the movie. Though the movie didn’t fare beyond expectations, Sunny’s performance didn’t go unnoticed. She was later signed on films such as Jackpot (2013), Ragini MMS 2 (2014), and Tina and Lolo (2014), all of which have her as a main lead.

Personal life

Up to the year 2008, Leone was engaged to Matt Erikson, a vice-president of marketing at Playboy Enterprises. After the couple broke up, Sunny dated popular stand-up comedian Russell Peters for a while in the same year. Finally in the year 2011, Sunny got hitched to Daniel Weber, who’s her spouse and husband presently.

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