Pooja Hegde was born and brought up in Mumbai, Maharashtra in a Tulu-speaking Bunt family. Her parents Manjunath Hegde and Latha Hegde. They are originally from Udupi, Karnataka. She also has an elder brother Rishabh Hegde, who is an orthopaedic surgeon. She is fluent in Tulu, English and Hindi. She went to M. M. K. College, where she regularly participated in dance and fashion shows.