DIANA UN­AF­FECTED BY PENTY JOKES

The ac­tor doesn’t feel bad when peo­ple make fun of her name

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja

Ac­tor Diana Penty might be just three films old in the in­dus­try, but she has learned the rules of the game real quick. While many ac­tors get bogged down by trolls and nasty com­ments, Diana says she has even­tu­ally be­come im­mune. But it wasn’t as easy as it may seem. “When I started off, I was com­pletely new to this [trolls] and films hap­pened lit­er­ally overnight, so I was not pre­pared for it and it com­pletely threw me off when peo­ple trolled me,” says Diana, adding that she couldn’t be­lieve the level peo­ple stooped to. “I used to won­der how peo­ple can be so hor­ri­ble and make up sto­ries. Some­times, they were bla­tantly ly­ing and say­ing stuff which is not even true. I’m open to con­struc­tive crit­i­cism to im­prove my­self, but don’t be rude for the heck of be­ing rude. Th­ese peo­ple just troll for the sake of en­ter­tain­ment,” adds Diana. More than her act­ing or dress­ing sense, it was Diana’s last name that of­ten be­came the butt of jokes. Ad­mit­ting that it was “re­ally tough” to deal with all that in the be­gin­ning, she says, “You take time but you get used to it. I re­alised that along the way, you grow with it and get more ma­ture. Even­tu­ally, I made peace with the fact that my name will al­ways stay with me, so now I don’t feel bad when peo­ple crack jokes on so­cial me­dia. Un­less my work comes crash­ing down, I have the abil­ity to avoid th­ese trolls and be strong about it.” How­ever, Diana is quick to add that there are times when you need to put trolls in their place. “Ev­ery­one is en­ti­tled to their own opinion and you can’t ex­pect ev­ery­one to agree with you or like you. But there’s a cer­tain line to draw and one doesn’t need to get per­sonal about ev­ery­thing.”

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