‘Women can have it all, and they don’t need have ca­reer ap­pre­hen­sions when start­ing a fam­ily’

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Ac­tor-model Lisa Haydon, who be­came a mother in May 2017, says hav­ing a child opened her eyes to a whole new world and way of life. She adds that now is the time when women don’t need to have ca­reer ap­pre­hen­sions about start­ing a fam­ily.

“I knew I wasn’t go­ing to have to choose one or the other. Sure, hav­ing a kid opened my eyes to a whole new world and way of liv­ing and one’s pri­or­i­ties may change. But it’s up to each in­di­vid­ual and what they want to make of it,” she says.

“I was film­ing a web se­ries till I was five months preg­nant. I did the cover of a mag­a­zine with Hrithik (Roshan) when I was four months preg­nant... I be­lieve that we are fi­nally ar­riv­ing at a place where women don’t need to have ca­reer ap­pre­hen­sions to­wards start­ing a fam­ily. You can have it all. You might have to run a tight ship and have the oc­ca­sional melt­down but it’s all good,” says Lisa.

She wel­comed her first child, son Zack Lal­vani, with hus­band Dino Lal­vani.

Lisa, who made her act­ing de­but with a sup­port­ing role in the 2010 film Aisha and has fea­tured in House­full 3 (2016), was also ap­pre­ci­ated for her role in films such as Queen (2014) and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016).

From be­ing a model and ac­tor to a mother, Lisa says that hav­ing a child em­pha­sises the need for sched­ules and or­gan­i­sa­tion. “It also be­comes quite nat­u­ral to pick and choose what is most im­por­tant and then make time only for that as the stakes are higher,” said Lisa who also says one re­al­i­sa­tion that dawned on her after her preg­nancy is that “pan­cakes taste best with a squeeze of lemon and pow­dered sugar”.

Now that she is back to work and Zack is still lit­tle, Lisa says the bal­ance has been work­ing out nicely.

“I love be­ing at work and have also no­ticed he also val­ues my pres­ence a bit more when I re­turn home after be­ing away on a work trip,” says Lisa, who also feels that to­day women are ac­cepted re­gard­less of mar­i­tal sta­tus and moth­er­hood, es­pe­cially in the mod­el­ling in­dus­try. “It’s ac­tu­ally a very spe­cial time and feel­ing,” she adds.

I think the change is al­ready here. I also had a dif­fer­ent im­pres­sion of par­ent­hood till I be­came one and re­alised I can still look the same and feel bet­ter than be­fore. LISA HAYDON AC­TOR

PHOTO: IN­STA­GRAM/LISAHAYDON

Ac­tor-model Lisa Haydon with her son Zack Lal­vani

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