After we met on the photoshoot, Jacqueliene Fernandez got here throughout as a bundle of vitality. She was stuffed with concepts, merging from one change to a different, shortly going by all of the wardrobe choices her stylist had received for her. Everybody current there was maha impressed by her joie de vivre. She’s at all times been identified for her glam-doll roles however there’s extra to her than simply eye sweet. The internationally acclaimed anthology movie that she was a part of – Inform It Like A Lady, is proof of that. It’s usually the case that lovely actors get typecast and filmmakers seldom scratch beneath the pores and skin. Is Jacqueliene bothered about it? She hasn’t ever mentioned it however after all, each artiste wants validation about his or her efficiency. You may’t simply sail by on magnificence alone. She’s single in the meanwhile, although she isn’t averse to romance or marriage. She desires all of it to occur organically. She isn’t ready for a Prince Charming and slightly be her personal Ms. Charming, thanks very a lot.
She solutions each query we throw at her with aplomb from far off Europe by voice notes. Excerpts:
Your anthology movie, Inform It Like A Lady, received quite a lot of accolades. What made you signal this worldwide movie?
I did the movie as a result of Leena Yadav approached me. And he or she’s a filmmaker I actually wished to work with, and I like all of her work, particularly Parched. We set out on this journey to make this quick movie, which was a first-of-a-kind expertise for me. The story appeared very attention-grabbing, as did the script and I knew that it might be a terrific studying expertise. I positively didn’t count on it to make all of it the best way as much as the Oscars for the Finest Tune class, nevertheless it did and that was simply the icing on the cake.
Are you working with Jean-Claude Van Damme? A photograph of you each posing collectively was seen lately.
I lately shot a movie with Jean-Claude Van Damme in Italy and it was simply nice to have the ability to work with such an icon and legend, a real motion hero I’ve appeared as much as and grown up together with his movies. Me and my household have a group of all his movies and we used to replay them on a regular basis. We by no means thought in my wildest desires that I’d ever shoot a movie with him. However it’s a nice position and it’s a unbelievable script with motion, drama and suspense all rolled into one. It has simply been a terrific expertise.
There was a photograph of you with Selena Gomez too lately. Are you exploring Hollywood choices?
I used to be fortunate sufficient to fulfill Selena Gomez on my journey to Italy whereas I used to be taking pictures for the movie with Van Damme and it was actually nice to fulfill such an incredible artiste. She is simply so all the way down to earth and actual and it was nice to have the ability to simply spend time together with her and that was our assembly.
What had been your experiences on the Venice Movie Competition? Did you get to see movies? Who else did you meet there?
I attended the Venice Movie Competition for his or her Italian pavilion and Venice Tourism as properly. I received to do a panel the place we received to discuss social media, OTT and expertise now, how movie and cinema have impacted us and the evolution of cinema. It was superb to fulfill totally different individuals on the panel and I additionally received to attend the premiere of the movie Ferrari, which was a lovely movie starring Adam Driver and Penelope Cruz, directed by Michael Mann. It was nice to truly watch the story of Ferrari and that too in Venice. Venice, after all, is a shocking and delightful metropolis. It is extremely romantic and it was magical to be there. It’s such a singular house and I crammed in on some pasta and spaghetti—all issues movie and glamour — and it was a lovely weekend.
Would you say Kick was the turning level in your life?
Sure, Kick was positively one of many turning factors of my life. I’d most likely say my first movie was an enormous turning level for me, my first Bollywood movie and I’d additionally say Homicide 2 was an enormous turning level for me as a result of it got here at some extent the place I had no movies at hand and I wasn’t positive what I used to be doing with my life. Then I received Homicide 2, and it went on to change into a terrific hit on the field workplace. I used to be in a position to signal movies just like the Housefull franchise and the Race franchise, so it was a really large second for me, however after all I’d most likely say that Kick was like climbing the primary rung of the ladder of success. In spite of everything of that battle and years of working, lastly seeing that blossom right into a Salman Khan movie and that too, Sajid Nadiadwala’s directorial debut and the gorgeous position he wrote and received to play had been the icing on the cake for me.
Do you bear in mind your first movie, Aladin (2009)?
I bear in mind each single element of my first movie, Aladin. It was like an enormous tradition shock for me in an business I knew nothing about and didn’t even know a single individual right here both. I simply bear in mind there was far more chaos, confusion, battle and ache than there really had been glad moments for me in that movie. I used to be simply so new to the whole lot and I actually did really feel like a fish out of water for many of the taking pictures expertise, however I had probably the most superb individuals round me. I had Sujoy Ghosh directing me, Amitabh Bachchan taking part in the genie and Riteish Deshmukh taking part in Aladin, in order that’s what stored me sane and going.
Are you continue to in contact with Riteish Deshmukh and Sujoy Ghosh?
After all, I’m nonetheless in contact with Riteish and I do see him and his household occasionally. Sujoy is my go-to for the whole lot and he’s the one man out of my closest individuals who I do know would inform me issues truthfully. I actually matter on him for suggestions, recommendation and trustworthy solutions. He’s actually superb that approach and actually good at what he does and I’m very blessed to have him as my first director.
You as soon as mentioned in an interview that you simply wished to be a Hollywood star…
What I most likely meant by that was that I want to do all varieties of movies. Doing movies in Bollywood and in Hindi has been such an enriching expertise for me as a result of I received to dwell out my dream of turning into an actress, studying and rising and having all these superb alternatives, being round all these actors and being in these movies that change into blockbusters. Taking part in lovely roles, being a part of superb songs—for me as an actor, I need to discover and carry on exploring. Even when it meant doing movies in French, English, or Spanish, I feel it’s only a lovely expertise to fulfill so many individuals all over the world from this business and all of us are working in direction of creating tales and placing out superb work within the type of cinema.
OTT has change into the brand new wave… are you interested by doing such initiatives?
It’s nice to have content material to look at from everywhere in the world on the contact of a button at dwelling and even when you’re travelling. I like that it’s opened doorways to so many artistes and technicians from everywhere in the world who’re probably not getting that chance within the smaller world of big-screen movies. So, as an actor, I realised that as a result of I got here into the world when there was no OTT and I’ve lived by the entire evolution of it and the expansion of it. I like the truth that not solely are we evolving as an business and as a medium, however we’re additionally evolving as an viewers. We want several types of tales, totally different content material items, actors and performances to truly evolve as an viewers, and I feel that’s an incredible factor.
Do you see your self being a part of the present enterprise ceaselessly? Or do you might have different plans?
I don’t assume that I’d ever be capable to go away it. When you’re an artiste, you’ll at all times discover methods to precise your self in leisure, present enterprise, or in any kind of artwork type and I don’t assume it may ever go away you. I wish to preserve issues flowing and I’d wish to preserve issues open. I do really feel that it’ll at all times be a part of me and I like alternatives as methods to problem myself after they come my approach. So no, I don’t assume I’d be leaving it for good. I’d tackle new ventures and new journeys, however I don’t assume I’d ever be capable to go away appearing or showbiz utterly.
You have got at all times been a health freak. How do you retain your self motivated?
There are days the place I most likely utterly skip understanding and there are days the place I is probably not that motivated, however then I push myself and I’ve come to grasp that it’s okay to take heed to your physique. On days that you simply do want to present your physique a break, it’s fantastic and on days that you already know and possibly do perceive when you might have been holding it off for too lengthy and never been really good to your physique by not understanding and consuming properly and then you definitely’re like, ‘Your time is up’ and it’s essential begin turning into extra accountable, extra disciplined. We all know these items; I feel it’s nearly listening to our our bodies. One factor that has helped me, as a result of I do perceive the significance of staying motivated and being disciplined, is establishing targets. So it may both be, this month I actually need to enhance my splits or I need to enhance my backbends. I arrange targets that I work on. This course of sort of methods me into retaining my schedule and retaining the momentum in order that I don’t find yourself skipping. And I’m simply continually in a circulation of understanding, getting up and transferring my physique; that’s necessary.
What do you like to do when not taking pictures?
I make amends for some studying and I like to jot down, so I do some little bit of writing. I take heed to jazz or classical music at dwelling, which I get pleasure from. I like making temper boards. I like to be round my cats. I don’t get to spend that a lot time with them due to work, however at dwelling, it’s just about simply my cats and me. So that they at all times entertain me. I do know it sounds humorous, however I wish to organise issues after I get dwelling, put issues away, clear up issues, like cabinets, or simply filter issues that I really feel like I don’t want any extra and I feel that quite a lot of my free time goes into it. I do wish to work with YOLO, my charity basis. And naturally, I’ve to attempt to make time to go to the salon or the spa so I may take pleasure in some self-care and self-love, which is a particularly necessary facet of getting to steadiness out your life.
How necessary are marriage and motherhood in your scheme of issues?
The union of two individuals coming collectively and committing to one another for all times—it’s lovely and it’s not a simple step to take – belief this individual. And for those who genuinely really feel like you might have discovered your accomplice that you simply need to spend the remainder of your life with and also you each share the identical beliefs and values in life, I feel it’s superb. Marriage is a lovely choice. It’s nice that individuals have sort of change into extra open-minded in direction of ideas like marriage. I feel that if it’s one thing that you simply really need, it’s a blessing and it’s a lovely blessing.
Please go on…
I have a look at marriage and kids as okay; if this was what was meant to be, it’s meant to be. I would like it to occur naturally and organically. If anyone superb comes into my life and I’m in a position to share my life with him for the remainder of my life and possibly we carry youngsters into this world, I feel that will be future. And if it doesn’t occur, it doesn’t occur. I have a look at my life as a spot the place there are such a lot of issues on this world. There are such a lot of individuals, so many locations to journey, so many individuals to fulfill, so many issues to expertise, so many individuals to assist, and a lot good to do. So, I don’t need to solely strategy marriage and kids as one thing I must do; in any other case, my life wouldn’t be fulfilled. I don’t need to strategy it like that. For me, marriage is love. And love is a really natural factor. And it has to occur to you. You may’t make it occur. For me, a toddler is a product of affection. And it’s a really deep dedication to bringing one other human being into this world. So it must be approached with a robust degree of maturity and thoughtfulness. And naturally, an important factor is that it has to come back from love, a spot of affection and that may solely occur organically.
How do you outline love at this time?
It’s providing honesty, steerage and help to the individual after they want it, even when it means telling them the place they’re going flawed and permitting the individual to see how lovely life could be and the way good individuals could be to one another, which I actually do really feel in flip brings out one of the best in individuals as a result of there may be good in all of us. It’s simply that generally we don’t see it and generally it takes the opposite individual that will help you with that and that, for me, is love. You could actually love an individual sufficient to carry out one of the best in them. I feel that’s a lovely factor.
They are saying love makes you cheerful…
I feel it’s such a lovely emotion. And I’m speaking about love from my household, love from my pals, my pets, my cats, animals, followers, individuals who have possibly appreciated my work and in flip, giving that love again. I most likely have love for sure individuals—pals, after all, my household, sure followers that I’ve. I feel simply that shared emotion is such a lovely factor, and it genuinely does make me very glad. Additionally, since I began my YOLO Basis, I’ve realised that I’ve a lot to be glad about. And dealing with that basis has actually given me a lot to be glad about and a lot to be ok with.
What’s one of the best factor a man has informed you?
Once you’re fairly younger, you just about take the whole lot that anyone would possibly inform you—any type of flattery and compliments—and it makes you’re feeling actually good. However for me, truthfully, proper now, after I do hear one thing flattering or after I hear one thing good, lovely, or candy, I don’t strategy it the identical approach. I wish to see phrases backed up by motion. In any other case, for me, they’re simply phrases floating within the air. So if guys are telling you issues like ‘I love you’, ‘You’re one of the best factor that’s ever occurred to me’, ‘I want to marry you’ and ‘I want to have children with you’ – quite a lot of the time they don’t observe by on what they’re saying. A variety of the time, it’s simply phrases. Typically it’s pretty to go with anyone, it’s pretty to acknowledge somebody, and even in case you are being trustworthy and also you’re telling the reality and for those who’re saying what you’re feeling. That’s a lovely factor, too. I’d by no means discourage that. However for me, I do consider that no matter you say must be backed up by the way you act upon it. As a result of then it actually holds extra worth for me.