Jacqueline Fernandez’s confidence mirrors her new innings in B-town. We catches up with the rising star and bring you her juicy Interview.
Jacqueline Fernandez is one of those rare breed of actresses, who can even melt a rock with her effervescence. Her positivity can lift your spirits instantaneously. But her cutesy attitude is not all that there is to her. Jacqueline is wise beyond her years and has a good head on her shoulders.
“I navigated the pressures of the industry as an outsider for quite a while. It can’t be all for nothing,” she laughs. Though Jackie’s been around since 2009, she only got her due post the stupendous success of Kick last year. And now with her latest release Roy winning her many accolades, she couldn’t be happier. Looking elegant in a charcoal-grey top and beige skirt with her hair neatly tied in a high pony, she sits down for a chat on her journey so far, the man of her dreams, her genuine friendship with Sonam Kapoor and a lot more…
Many believe you’ve finally come into your own now. How do you feel at this point in your career?
(Giggles) I feel great. Come to think of it, I’ve been extremely lucky because I’ve been a part of big movies since the beginning of my career. My first film was Aladdin, a big film. Then I did Murder 2, another big franchise. Even Housefull 2 and Race 2 were sequels of already successful films. But I’m relieved that I’m getting noticed at last. Though I did big films, I wasn’t noticed initially. Maybe I wasn’t taken seriously because I’m an outsider and couldn’t speak Hindi well back then. But I never stopped working on myself. And that hunger to finally get noticed got fulfilled after Kick. It gave me a new lease of life. It was like my second debut. Kick has been the biggest turning point in my life.
What’s your equation like with your Kick co-star, Salman Khan, today?
It’s amazing. While we were shooting, he was a sort of inspiration for me. I’ve always been hardworking but he’s extremely hardworking. I realised that’s how you need to be, no matter how famous you get or how much stardom you have. Plus, he’s so passionate about what he does. And he’s someone who helped me at a time when I needed it the most. It’s not something I’ll ever forget.
Do you ever get curious of what people are secretly saying about you?
I like to be aware of what is going on and what people are saying. Simply because, it’s always been about learning and growing for me. The only way you can do that is by taking criticism in your stride and doing something about it. There are many people who don’t like to hear the truth. Plus, in our industry, people around you don’t always give you the correct picture, either out of love or politeness. They don’t give you the truth. So when I do hear it, I don’t necessarily feel amazing but it’s a good way of self-improvement.
Does excessive criticism get to you?
It gets to me when things are misinterpreted or fabricated. Our audience believes things obsessively and passionately, especially when it’s hot gossip or something sensitive. So that is annoying. But it’s just annoying and there’s not much you can do about it because you’ve chosen this world.
They say two actresses can never be friends. But you and Sonam Kapoor are as thick as thieves. Are you really close?
(Smiles) We are. It’s funny that people actually believe actresses can’t be friends because I think it’s quite the opposite. It’s nice to be close to someone you can relate to. When you have an actress friend, you can discuss everything with her. You can open up about certain things with her, knowing only she’d get it. You can take advice from her and learn from her experiences. As an actress, you must have at least a few close actress friends.
So there are no insecurities at all?
None, whatsoever. I always wish the best for Sonam and I know that she wishes the same for me. In fact, whenever something amazing has come up, she’s always encouraged me to do it. There have been times when I’ve had second thoughts about certain things but Sonam has been my sounding board. She’s helped me take those decisions and I’ve thanked her for them later. Even I get excited when she’s doing well. Sonam is genuine, honest and has worked hard to get where she is today. She’s truly a beautiful human being.
Do you think things will change now considering you both will be vying for the same films?
No. So what if we’re contemporaries? Yes, she could be doing my films as much as I could be doing hers. But it can’t be an issue. There is so much work for everyone in the industry and you can’t possibly do every film. If one film doesn’t work out, something else will. Simple. If your friendship with someone changes on the basis of competition, then it’s not true friendship. My friendship with Sonam isn’t fickle. We’re not casual friends.
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Coming to something personal now, are you single?
Yes and happily so.
Well, because I like to take my time. I hurt quite easily. Sometimes, I wish I was a bit stronger and slightly better at being in control of my emotions.
What are the three qualities your guy must possess?
Confidence in a man is attractive. He should also be talented and worldly wise. And he should be well-travelled too. That’s important for me because I’d want someone I can travel the world with.
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What is a deal breaker for you on a date?
Someone who’s unhygienic. (Laughs) Men, please pay attention to your hygiene. Bad hygiene can put a woman off.
Do you have a secret celebrity crush?
(Blushes) I have so many.
So who among them would you kill to go out with?
Leonardo DiCaprio. Any day. Anytime. Everybody else I like is either married or taken, like George Clooney and Prince William. I’ve always wanted to go out with them. If only… (Sighs).
Do you have a bad habit?
(Pauses) I like to whistle. I start whistling anytime, anywhere. And trust me; it can be embarrassing sometimes because I do it unconsciously, irrespective of where I am.
What is the one thing you wish you were better at?
I wish my language skills were better. It took me a while to learn Hindi. But now I know Hindi pretty well. People believe my Hindi isn’t good. But I’ve learnt the language. The more films I do, the more people will appreciate it, I guess.
Which is the last place on earth we’d find you?
That’s easy. You’ll never, ever, ever find me at a fast food joint.
Your job sucks when…
When I’m in a bad mood but I still have to smile and click a picture with someone.
If your life was a movie, which one would it be…
Bridget Jones’s Diary.
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If you were given a free plane ticket to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Paris. It’s beautiful. It’s the city of love and romance and fashion, if I may add. It’s also one my favourite cities in Europe.
What are you afraid of the most?
(Takes a deep breath) Dying alone. It’s a scary thought to have.
One thing you’d sell your soul for…
A beautiful holiday home in a European countryside.
What’s been the best part of your journey as an actress?
The best part has to be the fact that I’ve made my parents proud. That’s been the most fulfilling too. Also, it’s been amazing working with so many talented and like-minded people. I’m glad I’ve been part of a few of the biggest hits in Bollywood.