Chit Chat

Definitely having babies, with or without marriage: Jacqueline

Jacqueline Fernandez talks about marriage, babies and more

You were born to a Sri Lankan father and a Malaysian mother. How was it growing up in a multiethnic household?
It helped me understand different cultures and more importantly how they can beautifully co-exist under one roof. I love exploring different languages and cultures and that is why I feel very comfortable in India, which is a splendid collage of diverse ethnicities.

Did you pick up any jobs in Sri Lanka?
Initially, the plan was to make a career there. Since I majored in journalism, for a brief period of time, I worked as a scribe. The experience taught me a lot. My aunt, Frederica Janz, is a renowned journalist in Sri Lanka and I began my career interning under her. However, destiny had other plans!

Pick a quality you appreciate the most in a person.
Punctuality. I hate people who do not value time. Over the years, it has become a habit to be on time. This surprises a lot of people here, as the industry is not really known for its punctuality.

One habit of yours that you want to get rid of.
I’m extremely finicky about cleanliness. When I go to my friends’ house, I end up cleaning their wardrobes. It’s such an unnecessary stress to worry about other people’s mess!

Have you ever been attracted to a woman?
At least not yet! (laughs). But I have a lot of gay friends and I whole-heartedly support the LGBT community. It stands for modernisation. It’s a beautiful sign of freedom and open-mindedness.

Do you believe in the institution of marriage?
I have my doubts. We live in times where the divorce rates are higher than marriage rates (laughs). So, to an extent, it challenges your notions of a happily-ever-after, and puts you off the entire idea. My parents have been married for over 30 years now, and I honestly would like mine to be similar. But, at the same time, I think in today’s time, it is a long shot. However, marriage or no marriage, I am definitely having babies!


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