For Me, Love Is Prince Charm­ing And Liv­ing Hap­pily Ever Af­ter.

She’s a slayer! Right from rock­ing the ramp to sashay­ing down global fash events, model-ac­tor eLeNa FeR­NaN­DeS never fails to im­press us. Post mak­ing her B-town de­but with a cameo in Kapoor&Sons, this damsel is gear­ing up for more. The bold ‘n’ beau­ti­ful E

Stardust (English) - - COVER STORY -

How did you get your first break in Bol­ly­wood?

To be hon­est, I had dreamt of the op­por­tu­nity but I did not think it would hap­pen. I have achieved and still have a lot to achieve in my ca­reer in In­dia, with sev­eral cam­paigns and cov­ers un­der my belt. I made a nat­u­ral tran­si­tion to tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials and my man­ager told me, I had been in­vited to Dharma Pro­duc­tions for cast­ing. To me, Dharma is a su­per ma­jor deal, and I met the cast­ing di­rec­tor Pan­chami Ghavri. She gave me a range of scripts, a com­bi­na­tion of both Hindi and English. She filmed my au­di­tion and to be hon­est, I thought noth­ing of it as I thought no way could I get some­thing with Dharma. Next thing I knew was that the in­cred­i­ble di­rec­tor Shakun Ba­tra wanted to meet me and the rest is his­tory. I made a cameo ap­pear­ance in the highly ac­claimed Kapoorand Sons and have not looked back since.

Num­ber one turn off has to be ar­ro­gance and lack of com­pas­sion.”

Be­ing half In­dian and half South Amer­i­can, did you face any kind of ob­sta­cles in the film in­dus­try?

I have been very for­tu­nate to have a con­sis­tently sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment in the film in­dus­try. The pri­or­ity for them was my act­ing abil­ity and be­ing able to trans­late their ideas into mo­tion. My mixed her­itage has been a bless­ing whereby it has al­lowed my pro­file to be ver­sa­tile.

Was lan­guage a bar­rier for you?

I can un­der­stand Hindi and I con­tinue to take lessons. Learn­ing Hindi will al­ways be an on­go­ing process and some­thing I want to per­fect and truly mas­ter. Ini­tially, af­ter com­ing to In­dia I did find it quite hard to suc­cinctly com­mu­ni­cate but the more time I spend here al­lows me the op­por­tu­nity to lis­ten more to peo­ple when they speak. And it also helps me work on my dic­tion ad pro­nun­ci­a­tion of words. I am truly for­tu­nate for the pa­tience that cast­ing di­rec­tors and pro­duc­ers give me when read­ing scripts and their con­sis­tent sup­port.

What in a man turns you on?

Per­son­al­ity and com­pas­sion for an­i­mals. I love a guy who is se­cure within him­self and al­ways will­ing to help those in a less for­tu­nate po­si­tion. A pas­sion for an­i­mal wel­fare is al­ways a win­ner. I love a guy

My mixed her­itage has been a bless­ing whereby it has al­lowed my pro­file to be ver­sa­tile.”

who can hold great con­ver­sa­tions and loves to dis­cuss his­tory, pol­i­tics or gen­eral topics.

What in a man turns you off?

Num­ber one turn off has to be ar­ro­gance and lack of com­pas­sion. How a man treats a waiter is a great in­di­ca­tor to their char­ac­ter.

What are the three most es­sen­tial things, you al­ways carry along with you?

Cat food be­cause I am al­ways feed­ing strays, a bot­tle of wa­ter to stay hy­drated and hand san­i­tizer.

What’s the mantra to im­press a girl ac­cord­ing to you?

Be your­self, don’t be what you think we want you to be. Just be a good hu­man be­ing and kind­ness will ra­di­ate from your face.

Have you ever been hit on by the same sex? And if yes, what was your re­ac­tion?

I ac­tu­ally have been hit on by the same sex and I felt bad as I thought I must have given off flir­ta­tious vibes. I never mean to lead any­one on, I would hate to hurt any­one’s feel­ings. But its su­per flat­ter­ing and each time it has hap­pened, we laughed it off.

What is the first thing you no­tice in a guy?

It def­i­nitely has to be how he in­tro­duces him­self and how he car­ries him­self. Not in a neg­a­tive sense. I pick up on vibes and en­ergy, if he goes out of his way to in­tro­duce him­self, or if he makes eye con­tact. All the lit­tle things ba­si­cally.

Who ac­cord­ing to you has the hottest body in B-town?

That’s a tough one, let me think, I would have to say Aish­warya Rai Bachchan be­cause I think she is per­fect.

A Bol­ly­wood ac­tor you have a crush on?

John Abra­ham. He is a mas­sive an­i­mal ac­tivist and I love the sup­port and com­pas­sion he gives to so many wel­fare causes.

What would you pre­fer to be? Girl next door, power-packed per­former or a sex-icon?

Why can’t I be all three?

An ac­tress you find hot?

Again it has to be Aish­warya. She is per­fec­tion per­son­i­fied and I think she’s in­cred­i­bly beau­ti­ful.

If you had a su­per­power, what would it be?

A power that could take away pain, as in emo­tional pain and make peo­ple and an­i­mals happy.

Any health and beauty tips, which you would like to give our read­ers?

Never calo­rie count. Feed your body well and lis­ten to what your body wants. When you re­strict your­self, you will find your­self ir­ri­ta­ble and un­happy. For beauty, ex­fo­li­ate. As long as your skin is ex­fo­li­ated you re­ally do not need any­thing else. Keep your eye­brows tidy al­ways as they de­fine your face.

What is your idea of love?

That it is a feel­ing which is per­sonal to every­one. I be­lieve in Dis­ney so for me, love is Prince Charm­ing and liv­ing hap­pily ever af­ter.

If you could live some­one else’s life for a day, who would it be and why?

I would have to say Shahrukh Khan be­cause I find him in­cred­i­bly charis­matic and a pow­er­ful speaker. I would love to be him when he gives a TED Talk, for ex­am­ple. It would also be fun to see the world through his eyes for a day!

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