This ex-Miss Sri Lanka has arguably conquered more Indian hearts than Lankan. Bollywood welcomed her with open arms and why not, when talent looks this gorgeous. VIDYA KISHOREKUMAR chats up Jacqueline Fernandez as she is launched as the new face of The Bo
tête-à-tête with Jacqueline Fernandez
I, as a teenager, had terrible acne and have always had to work on my skin... Having great skin is very, very important because it makes looking good really easy.
Is there something about The Body Shop that prompted you to become their brand ambassador?
I was over the moon when they approached me because I am already a big user of their products. Half the job was done because it is not going to take me much to promote or recommend The Body Shop — I do that anyway. Everything they stand for such as being organic, crueltyfree and not just being a beauty but beauty with a heart is what I personally believe in.
According to you, is beautiful skin hard work or should people be naturally endowed?
Some people are certainly gifted with it but I think that doesn’t last forever and you have to maintain it. I, as a teenager, had terrible acne and have always had to work on my skin. I have to ensure I get enough exercise, eat the right foods, use the right products and follow a strict regime. This attains greater importance for actors as we have to wear make-up every day. Having great skin is very, very important because it makes looking good really easy.
What are the things that you particularly take care of when it comes to your skin?
Diet is the number one thing. I know that when I eat badly, I break out. I don’t have a choice but to watch what I eat. Keeping the skin clean with the right make-up removal products is also very important — I use tea tree oil-based ones. Moisturisation is the next most essential thing — both night moisturisers and SPF-loaded ones for the day. In a nutshell, keeping the skin clean and hydrated are the two most important things.
How do you take care of your hair?
Cleansing and conditioning come topmost. I indulge in a home-made hair spa at least once a week. And there is this one product that I accidentally stumbled upon. Once I was at one of The Body Shop stores. A lady dropped a bottle of coconut hair oil and the cap fell off. However, when she was asked to pay for it, she refused. A minor argument ensued and I decided to buy it instead. It’s the most amazing thing ever — it smells great and leaves my hair silky smooth.
What’s your fitness routine like?
I incorporate a balance of cardio, yoga and weight training — one hour, six days a week. Yoga makes me feel really good and balanced. I try to keep the cardio routine different with maybe dancing or a spinning class or the treadmill accompanied by sitcoms. I look forward to my workout hour because I keep it entertaining.
What has been your biggest mistake till date?
When I was younger, I was scared to admit what my dreams truly were. I had always wanted to be an actor, but instead of joining an acting school or working towards that from the beginning, I did something else. I think that was wrong because you should never be afraid to speak your mind.