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
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!