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I enjoyed what I did and am not ashamed of what I did: Sunny Leone

Sunny Leone is not ashamed of having been an adult star in the past and is thankful for everything that has happened to her in her life. All she wants from God is to allow her parents to return to just see her one film. She loves her husband Daniel Weber the most, who is also her best friend. Ahead of her upcoming film ‘Jackpot’, she opens up to TOI about her savvy husband, caring in-laws and her plans to be a mother. Excerpts:

Let’s talk about your childhood?
I am all Indian. My dad was from Chandigarh and mom from Himachal Pradesh and they were both Sikhs. They migrated to Canada where I was born and later migrated to LA, California. My father was a mechanical engineer and my mother, a housewife. I lost my mother in 2008 and my father, a year-and-a-half later, just before my entering the ‘Bigg Boss’ show. I lost both my parents before I entered Bollywood.

I have a younger brother, who is an executive chef in the US. I was a tomboy growing up and I was a girl playing soccer and basketball and a ‘G.I. Joe’ instead of a Barbie. Our parents made sure that both of us were busy children. They were very attentive of everything we did, making sure that whatever the American kids did, we also did. We would go to the gurudwara on the weekends and were active among the Indian community there, apart from playing sports and studying. My parents never forced us to speak Punjabi at home, so even though I understood it, I ended up speaking English. I was always an independent child and I would go door-to-door raising money for my basketball team. Or I would say, ‘Daddy, I want to make a lemonade stand to make money.’ Or I would go shovel snow and make a few dollars. Both my parents taught us to not depend on anyone in life and to work hard and to do it alone. And, of course, my mom tried to teach me how to make chapatis, dal and sabji which I learnt, but not as attentively as other girls do. They were very conservative parents and were very loving and caring. I was always daddy’s little girl.

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