Since the quiet, bespectacled, studious school girl metamorphosed into 2006’s Miss Universe Sri Lanka, there has been no looking back for Jacqueline Fernandez. After acting in movies — both Bollywood and Hollywood, starting a restaurant Kaema Sutra in Sri Lanka last year and now launching The Body Shop’s newest collection, this 30-year-old model turned actress has a lot to look forward to in 2016.
“For the next year, my kitty is quite full,” says Fernandez, who will soon be debuting in the Sri Lankan film industry with According to Mathew. Directed by Sri Lankan-based Chandran Rutnam, this movie is a twisted tale based on the life of Father Rev Mathew Pieris. She is also going to sing a romantic number with R&B and hip hop star Gurinder Singh. The video will be shot in Dubai but the creative aspects are still under discussion, she says. Finally purchasing her dream house in Mumbai this year, the actress admits that the only fear she faced was coming to India and living alone initially. Fernandez had no qualms about doing the Hollywood horror movie Definition of Fear, which premiered at the opening of the Delhi International Film Festival on December 7. She plays Sarah Fording, a psychology student in this movie directed by documentary maker James Simpson.
The actress’ favourite co-actor — across the board — remains Salman Khan, with whom she delivered her most successful movie Kick last year. Coming up in mainstream Bollywood are Housefull 3, Dishoom and Flying Jat — all directed by well-known names like Sajid-Farhad, Rohit Dhawan and Remo D’Souza respectively. Talking about working with Varun Dhawan and John Abraham (in Dishoom) the star shares, “Varun and I even worked out with John who is such an inspiration when it comes to fitness.” Fernandez, whose fitness routine includes gymnastics, swimming and capoeira, is also a yoga enthusiast. “My yoga instructor begins with Surya Namaskar followed by shirshasana, pristhasana, hanumanasana and others. I also do pranayams such as anulom vilom, kapalbhati, vrikshasana and utkatasana,” says the svelte actress. Talking about her beauty regime, the actress picks The Body Shop’s new Oils of Life Facial Oil as her favourite and confirms that, “Oils have become skincare’s new obsession.”
— Seema Rajpal