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Jacqueline Fernandez: I Will Quit Acting After Marriage

You started off with comedies like Aladin and Housefull 2. Then you changed your image with the thriller Murder 2 and now you are working on an action movie ( Race 2). What’s your favourite genre?
Comedies are much more fun to work on. You have the most stress-free time. The best part about working on comedies is that you can be spontaneous and light-hearted.

What do you like about being an actor?
The beauty of being an actor is that you can experiment with your roles. You get to play make-believe and dress up differently for every movie. For me, this is the essence for being an actor. I try and aim for as many different roles as possible.

How much skin is too much on-screen?
Quite honestly, I take it in accordance with my role. As an actor, you have to have that comfort level with your body and be at ease with exposing it if needed.

Do you get involved in the process of choosing your look?
Usually, I leave it to the stylist because she would know what my character needs. But I give my two bits about what I prefer.

How much would you experiment with your look for a role?
I love experimenting with my look. For example, if a director asks me to shave my head for a particular scene, my reaction would be, ‘That’s awesome!’ I wish I didn’t have to play safe all the time. I am always game for being creative and doing things that are out of the world.

Did you enjoy doing the action sequences as much as you enjoy doing comedy?
I’ve always wanted to do action because I come from an athletic background. I took up yoga and gymnastics as a kid. I made it clear to the film’s action-director Peter Heinz that I wanted my fight sequences to look as natural as possible. I underwent three months of training to get in shape for my character. You have to look natural. You cannot fool the audience!

How do you keep fit?
Fitness is super important for me. It’s not just about hitting the gym on an everyday basis; it’s about having fun and de-stressing. You need to be fit because it’s going to make you feel healthy and keep you raring to go.

You’re working with Deepika Padukone, Bipasha Basu and Ameesha Patel…
Unfortunately, I did not get to shoot with Bipasha. I learnt a lot from Deepika in those few scenes we shot together. She is experienced, extremely dedicated and focussed.

Is it possible to be friends with female co-stars?
(Smirks) There are occasions when you end up being friends. When we were shooting for Housefull 2, Asin and I became pals. But unfortunately, a different picture is painted about us (actresses). When you actually get to know a person, you’re like ‘Oh my God, I’ve been such an idiot to believe in rumours!’

There’s a lot of back-biting in the film fraternity. How do you cope?
If people who matter to me back-bite, it hurts. But if they are just acquaintances, I don’t bother about what they say. It is very easy to get sucked into the world of trivial gossip. I try my best to keep my friends non-filmi.

Have you ever felt victimised?
Everyone in the film industry has fallen prey to negativity; the industry thrives on it.

How do you deal with disappointments?
Life will throw all kinds of things at you. Disappointments are part of life just like happiness is. I had a cushy life and a carefree childhood but with growing up came responsibilities and disappointments. I have learnt to embrace the bad with the good and learn from both.

How do you relax after a long shoot?
On a day-to-day basis, I love watching TV shows. Silly American sitcoms like New Girl and Seinfield are great stress-busters. When I am not shooting, I am usually at home. I arrange fresh flowers, bake muffins or engage in the silliest chores.

What is your idea of romance?
I am an incorrigible romantic. I wish I didn’t believe in fairytales but I do. When it comes to romance, I am very demanding. I want to have the most amazing love life.

Are you settling down anytime soon?
Not till I am completely satisfied with my career. I have put in a lot of hard work, time and effort into my career. After I have completely closed this chapter of my life, I will move on to being a homemaker and a wonderful wife.

So you will quit acting after marriage?
Yes. I like focussing on one thing at a time. I need to give 100 per cent attention to whatever I am doing. When I get married and have kids, I will only concentrate on my home and family.

You’ve been linked to director Sajid Khan…
I don’t like being answerable about my personal life. It’s my life and I like the way I lead it. I have been linked (to men) since I have entered the industry. But all actors go through this. Our industry wouldn’t be exciting without all this mirch masala!

As someone who is constantly in the limelight, how do you safeguard your privacy?
It’s extremely difficult and a very tedious task. It reduces the number of people you interact with. Before I became a celebrity, I had loads of friends and I used to go out all the time. It’s different now. I have become wary of people.

Do you visit your family in Sri Lanka?
All the time. I endorse a couple of brands in Sri Lanka, so that takes me back. What’s amazing is that I am just two hours away from my family.

Why did you buy an island in Sri Lanka?
I’d always wanted to buy land in my own country. Buying that island was not planned; it just happened. I was vacationing with my family in the South coast of Sri Lanka, when someone mentioned that the island was up for sale. I found the island so mesmerising that I bought it immediately.

What do you plan to do with it?
It’s a pretty piece of land with virgin beaches and green waters. Tourism is big in that region, so I’d like to open it up to tourists.

What’s your personal style like?
My personal style is torn between bohemian and classy. Since I’ve lived in Bahrain for a long time, I was also exposed to sophisticated urban fashion. It’s important for me to dress according to the situation, culture and country that I am living in.

Who are the most stylish people in Bollywood?
Sonam Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut. Kangana dresses for herself and that’s what makes her stand out. What I love about Sonam is that she has an amazing sense of style, though it’s a challenge to carry off anything and everything. Dressing well is an art; she has a unique talent for it.

Any fashion faux pas?
Once, I experimented with the Afro look for an event and it turned out to be a disaster. I also performed on stage in that avatar, but luckily none of those pictures ever came out because of a silly hiccup!


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