Canadian actor Lisa Ray is a true international star, appearing in everything from Bollywood movies to Deepa Mehta's Oscar-nominated Water to her current gig, hosting Top Chef Canada.
But in 2009, she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare cancer. With help from alternative therapies and a stem cell transplant, Lisa's currently in remission. In this clip, she talks about the unexpected issues she's faced getting back to business.
She's on the show tonight, along with author Dave Chilton.
On Lisa's return to acting:
Lisa Ray: It was interesting. I shot a TLC series out in India, and I did an editorial for Vogue India, in which I was pleasantly plump, you could say, bald, and I felt beautiful. I felt so supported. It was very, very naked, but it was so honest, and that's what I've been striving for.
On getting insured:
Lisa: It's crazy. So now I have a pre-existing condition -- thank you very much. And that has opened up an entirely new world....Every cast member has to get a kind of insurance, and often, obviously the premiums will go up through the roof when they find out you have a pre-existing condition. it's like, sorry, were not sure that we can hire you, so it's been an eye-opening period of my life. But having said that, I have gotten so much support.