An interview with Sophia Bush reveals what it’s like being a cop post-Ferguson, that she loves ECO TOOLS, and her favorite quotes and emojis.
It’s hard not to love Sophia Bush. The Chicago PD star is a superhero of a celebrity: She got down and dirty on the Gulf Coast after the Deep Water Horizon spill, she helped to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina, and she stocks her Instagram with inspiring quotes on becoming the best you possible.
But what surprised me most at a recent press event for ECOTOOLS, a fun cosmetics brand that crafts its brushes, lashes, and other accessories from eco-conscious materials, is that Bush isn’t a manufactured version of a do-gooder (and believe me there are those), she’s passionate smart, insightful, engaging, and real about things that matter most. Over 15 minutes we got to chat about why she cares so much about social good, what it means to be (and play) a police officer post-Ferguson, and the quote that just about everyone should live by.
1. On The One Quote She Live By
“I’ve been having this conversation with my girlfriends – or my coven as I call them – about feeling whole. What does whole mean, what does enough mean?” One of my good friends said once ‘Let it be enough.’ And that really struck me. I constantly am trying to remind people that they are enough as they are.”
2. On Why ECOTOOLS Means So Much To Her
“Y’know, it’s easy to be a consumer and not think about what you’re buying. When you say to someone do you know what your makeup is made of or your make up brush? And not many do. But to think that every dollar you spend is you casting a vote for what you believe in what you want to support, it’s powerful. And so I believe that using ECOTOOLS and knowing that not only is it affordable but it’s made up of recycled aluminum parts, using eco-friendly wood (bamboo), that boasts beautiful synthetic fiber brushes, it just feels like a no brainer buy to me.”
3. On What It’s Like To Be A Cop Post-Ferguson? She Plays A Cop After All…
“I work with amazing cops and most of the people who become the police do so because they care about their community. It’s not a fraternity of misfits who want to be violent. What no one is talking about – and believe me I talk to cops who are extras on our show, etc – no one is more enraged about bad cops than good police. Not only are they angry—-because bad policing endangers the lives of police officers. Violence against cops is soaring because everyone is afraid to take sides…and no one is talking about that.”
“We no longer have a relationship with cops, we only talk to cops if we get in trouble. And that’s got to change. It breaks my heart that we don’t trust them and they can’t trust us. We don’t hear stories that are good stories.”
4. On Her Most Overused Emoji
“I use all the hearts all the time”
5. On The One Instagram She Can’t Stop Following
Definitely Amy Schumer. She’s hilarious. I actually just tried to post a photo resembling her cover on Entertainment Weekly and no one got it. Oh well. She’s amazing.
She may not dress the part, but punk princess Avril Lavigne is really an old-fashioned girl – when it comes to relationships.
Does beau, Brody Jenner fit that bill? Avril Lavigne tells the November issue of Maxim, on sale Oct. 12, “I like a classy man, a gentleman who opens the door and gives flowers and always puts the lady first. I’m a little old-fashioned like that.”
The singer, 26, who recently divorced Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley, 30, is ready to release a new album, which she admits is inspired by her personal life but, “is the first that is not boy bashing.”
Not that her life is drama-free. A regular target of the paparazzi, Lavigne has been snapped leaving nightclubs with Jenner, something she says she rarely does.
“The only time I really ever get photographed is if I decide to go out with my friends to a bar or club, so … it kind of looks like I do that more than I do, ” she says, “The majority of the time I stay in.”
Lavigne does take tabloid reporting in stride saying, “You can only laugh at it and roll your eyes because it’s like, “Really?” They usually just pull that stuff out of their ass, but I think people know that.”
When asked how she stays out of trouble amidst some of the notable teen star meltdowns, the Canadian native credits her roots, “I got here on my own. I came from a small town and grew up in a regular home. I know what I’ve worked hard for. I’ve seen a lot of people who have gone a little crazy and who are really into the Hollywood scene. I don’t really like to hang out with people like that.
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Amanda Seyfried is in search of immortality, with the action thriller New Regency’s sci-fi, “I am. Mortal, “the writer-director Andrew Niccol. Twentieth Century Fox will distribute the film, which also has Romanesque elements.
“I am. Fatal “is centered on a society in which stops aging at 25 – which means that all roles are played by actors in their mid-20s.
New Regency picked up the priority project this spring. Niccol is expected to begin lensing this year.
Marc Abraham and Eric Newman produce via their Strike Entertainment. Strike Kristel Laiblin executive producers.
Time is the currency in the world of “I am. Mortal, “where people have to buy and the time when the bank aging gene died at age 25. The rich can live forever, but those lack of time are designed to die automatically.
When a rebel from the ghetto is wrongly accused of murdering a wealthy man of his time, he is forced to go on the track with a rich, beautiful hostage (Seyfried).
Seyfried stars in Warner Bros. upcoming “Red Riding Hood,” from director Catherine Hardwicke. She was put on display with “Letters to Juliet,” “Dear John” and “Mamma Mia!” The leading man has not yet been cast.
“It’s a strange casting. Even a small role as a priest or a pawnshop, where he is usually cast an actor like 75-years, I have to find a character actor in a 75-year body of 25 years, “said Niccol Daily Variety.
Niccol’s previous management / writing credits include “Gattaca” and “Lord of War.” He also wrote “The Truman Show.”
“I am. Lethal “is the only science-fiction film project addressing the topic of a future where people do not age.
A remake of Logan’s Run “has been in the works for over a decade at Warner Bros. with Joel Silver and Akiva Goldsman producing. This film focuses on a man trying to escape a mandatory death penalty for his 30th birthday.
We live in a world where change is a major player! And that change is rapid. It’s happening in and around us and makes life equally interesting and challenging. I have, over the past couple of months, noticed many interesting things that have arisen from this continuous change and some of it is definitely worth sharing.
1. Mobile-ites — A disease that has inflicted a large majority of the human population across all ages. The symptoms are fairly evident… constantly looking at phone, the itch to dial and to text… it’s endless.
2. Twitter-ia / Social, status OCD — This is a double whammy. A virus that is spreading very fast… originally internationally… but something that we, here in India, are definitely not immune to! This virus-cum-OCD takes over the brain completely and does not allow you to do anything unless you tweet about it or you obsessively and compulsively update your status across all social networking platforms on a minute to minute basis. Woke up… had coffee… driving… it’s raining… fought with boyfriend and then the cab driver… crying… dying and whining. Pls RT!
3. Seasonally sporty — As with the 4 seasons that bring their own brand of illnesses, the various sports today create seasonal illnesses that not only afflict the male but also some percentage of the female population. We just finished with the IPL viral and now it’s FIFA fever.
4. Beverage-a-holic — I can’t start my day without my “Caramel Macchiato with a double shot of espresso, decaf, with soy milk, extra foam and no sugar”! I also can’t make it through the day without two litres of special packaged Vitamin water! Let’s not forget the Monkey Leaf tea (tea leaves picked only by monkey’s in the highest regions of the Himalayas), energy plus plus drinks, diet versions of all beverages and the long list of healthy alternatives to everything mentioned above. We love our beverages and how!
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Even by Hollywood standards, Keira Knightley’s rise to stardom has been meteoric. For this she has to thank her role as a soccer-mad tomboy in Brit smash Bend It Like Beckham, and now the 18-year-old has returned to Blighty to take a role in Love Actually from the makers of Four Weddings and Notting Hill…
So what was it like making the movie?
Keira Knightley: “I laughed my way through the whole thing – I never stopped laughing. In our scenes it was me and Chiwetel Ejiofor and Andrew Lincoln. Andy is fantastic and Chewy is one of the most exciting British actors around at the moment. It was really exciting to get the chance to work with two people I admired so much – and no corsets, which was nice.”
And how did you find Richard Curtis as a director?
Keira Knightley: “He’s a nice man, a really good bloke. I know that he was very nervous doing it, but having written it he knew everything inside out and knew what he was doing. You would get there in the morning and it was all there, done and dusted.”
You get married at the beginning of the film. How was that to shoot?
Keira Knightley: “It was quite possibly the most romantic thing I’ve ever seen. We had some real lads there, sparks (gaffers’ assistants) and assistant directors and the rest of the crew, and they were all standing there with little stupid grins on their faces. It was great!”
You play newly-wed Juliet, who finds herself in a strange situation with her husband Peter’s best man Mark…
Keira Knightley: “It’s a bit of a love triangle really. Juliet has always thought that Mark hates her but it turns out he is actually madly in love with her. The thing is, the entire story is played out in about five or six scenes. It could be a whole film, but Richard is so clever – everything you need to know is there. It’s beautifully written.”
What do you think of romantic comedies in general?
Keira Knightley: “I love romantic comedies, they are really important. They are 100 percent escapism – you just sit there and lose yourself in this world. I cry my eyes out or laugh or both. The thing about Richard is that he makes feel-good movies well and that’s very difficult to do. There is nothing more disgusting than a patronising, smarmy movie, so to be able to do it well is an amazing talent. There are so few people who can do it and Richard is at the top of that list, no question. It’s incredible how you can sit through all of his films with a grin on your face. You may say ‘Oh no, it’s not my sort of thing…’ but you still smile – I defy anyone not to.”
The first read-through must have been daunting…
Keira Knightley: “Agony! I had five scenes and I have never been more nervous in my entire life. I’ve done read-throughs before with the likes of Johnny Depp and that wasn’t terrifying. But here there were 50 people sitting around this huge table. It was astonishing – you looked up and there was Hugh Grant; over there is Alan Rickman. There’s Liam Neeson; there’s Emma Thompson. Can you blame me for being nervous? Just the fact all of those people turned up for this read-through shows how much respect they have for Richard. At the end of it I was like: ‘I can’t handle this!’ I got out of there as fast as I could.”
The film has a lot of different stories that converge at the end. Did you feel like you were working in your own little movie?
Keira Knightley: “Yeah you did really – we did our big wedding thing and we were the stars of the show. And then suddenly you’ve got all these other people with their stories. And it was like: ‘Excuse me! I know you’re Alan Rickman, but get out of my film please!’
You’re only 18. Shouldn’t you be at university or something?
Keira Knightley: “Well, my mum and dad think I’m going to university – they probably expect me to become a doctor or something. But no, I think I’ll stick with this. I’m having a very good time!
How do you deal with your new star status?
Keira Knightley: Well, so far I’ve been working so much that I haven’t realized how much my status had changed. Being on the set of the film is like being away, in a protective bubble, cut from the reality of the outside world. Very early, I learned not to read what’s written about you.
I don’t want to know what’s being written or spoken about me behind my back. I have accepted the status, the new found fame. It’s a little bit scary at times, especially when I have the paparazzi stalking to desperately take a picture of me. I never know the intentions of someone following me are. For the moment, I still don’t have a personal assistant or a publicist and it’s for the best. My mom handles the publicity requests and I love her.
Do you want to keep being the action girl on the screen?
Keira Knightley: Well, I have to admit I really enjoy action! You feel like an 11 year old on a playground. Even so, I have more fun when I do an intimate film on soccer with other girls. I just love to fight, jump and sweat on big action films. So yes, I see myself doing more action films. I’m open to any good stories and genres. In any case, our business is so volatile and unpredictable that for the moment I enjoy my success and don’t worry too much about tomorrow.
Does this sense of being grounded come from your education and your parents being in the entertainment business?
Keira Knightley: Sure, when you grow up in a showbiz family you have an early sense of the instability of that life and in a way you understand that it is necessary to put things in perspective and distance yourself from the business. You learn not to become too obsessive about your career because it doesn’t depend only on your focus and talent, but also on the perception that other people have of you.
I remember how my dad went on tour as a stage actor for months and then came back our family and could not get another job, and so he had to do some different type of work just to feed us. I think you need to be aware that in this business some days you’re first in the queue and you get a job and other days you’re last in the queue and you have to wait and be persistent. You are lucky if you’re a woman in your 30’s and still get a jobs. Really, it’s a tough and fragile life to be an actress.
For now you put your money into real estate?
Keira Knightley: Right, I just bought a cute little apartment in London. That’s the plan for now, to have my own place no matter what the future is made of!
What about Pirates of the Caribbean 2?
Keira Knightley: Well, I hope to be part of it, but for now I just finished a film called The Jacket, directed by John Maybury starring Adrien Brody. Also we are preparing to shoot another film called Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen’s novel) and Joe Wright will direct it. I keep busy, busy.
Between Bend It Like Beckham and King Arthur, you’ll be a role model for girls and women, but it’s a role model for everybody. Let’s face it. But do you think you’ll keep that in mind when you choose other parts?
Keira Knightley: No, I mean, yes. Bend It Like Beckham and Pirates of the Caribbean definitely have characters who are role models. I mean, they’re positive beings. I wouldn’t say Guinevere is particularly a role model, a part from being strong, and myself as a moviegoer, that’s what I like when I go and see films. I want to see strong women; I want to see pro-active women, who aren’t just the girls in the movies. That’s what interests me. As far as her being a role model, I really wouldn’t [consider]. She’s pretty cold and fights a lot. I really recommend that. As far as my role choices, I think you can only do what interests you. Next I’m playing an alcoholic waitress, so I don’t think she’s a particular role model either. But yeah, certainly strong women, they are very positive images.
Could you just talk a little bit about your film The Jacket?
Keira Knightley: The Jacket that comes out, I think, later this year/early next year. It’s with Adrien Brody, Kris Kristofferson and Jennifer Jason Leigh. It’s directed by John Maybury, who’s a really exciting British director. It’s a thinking man’s thriller. It should be really interesting. It’s very different from this, but it should be good.
How about getting into the character of Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice? Were you one of the schoolgirls who went rushing home to see Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy?
Keira Knightley: Yes, but it’s a fantastic opportunity to play Elizabeth Bennet as it was to play Guinevere. Those are two female roles that if they come your way, you just can’t turn them down. With Pride and Prejudice, it’s fantastic to say that it is an adaptation of the book, so if I have any questions, I have the book to run to. It should be good. I haven’t started yet. I start as soon as I get back and it’s very exciting.
How dizzying is all this? I mean, not to say that you’re young, but you’re not even 20 years old yet and look at all that has happened to you in a couple of years.
Keira Knightley: Yeah, it is amazing and all through my life, what I love doing is watching movies. I love reading books about movies. I love the escapism of film. I love stories. It is incredible to be in them as much as I am and to see them from the very first stitch in a costume to the end product.
That’s what I find really incredible and that’s what I’ve always wanted to spend my time doing. Luckily for me, at the moment I get to spend most of my time doing that. Acting is very much a profession that is you’re hot one minute and not the next. That is totally cool and for me, I think that’s what I find most fascinating and most exciting about it, it can be gone in a puff of smoke.
Has making movies lived up to your expectations? You’ve done everything from little movies to the big giants.
Keira Knightley: Yeah and I love it. I really do. I’m just fascinated in how they’re put together. It’s a fascinating medium. It’s absolutely incredible and to see somebody’s vision up on screen is amazing. To be able to act out somebody else’s ideas is fun as well. I totally love it.
Then along with that comes people like us getting very nosy about your personal life. Tatler announced that you’re the most desirable single woman in the UK.
Keira Knightley: For that month (laughs).
For the month of April. Is that a fair tradeoff when you realize that if you go out for a cup of coffee and somebody snaps a picture, It’s going to be in a paper or a tabloid, and suddenly you’re life is not your own anymore?
Keira Knightley: I have to say I am spending most of my time working, and on film sets it’s a very protective kind of bubble, which is fantastic, so I haven’t been overly aware of any of it. At the moment, what I want to do is make films, and therefore, all is good. When it isn’t, I’ll re-think and I’ll probably do something else. Who knows, but at the moment, it’s fine.
Because you work with different actors, do you pick up different acting styles and different techniques, or does everyone just go and do it?
Keira Knightley: No, I everybody has their own way of working, but it is fantastic to be able to work with people who really are at the top of their game and try and learn from them. I’m never quite sure how it happens, so you just think “Oh God, how did you do that? Can I mix something in, oh no I can’t, can I?” But yeah, it is fantastic to be able to see how all these great ones work.
I have a question about this upcoming film, Tulip Fever. What is that?
Keira Knightley: It didn’t happen. All the money fell out.
What’s your favorite CD that you’re currently listening to right now?
Keira Knightley: Jeff Buckley.
Why? What’s great about Jeff Buckley? And what’s the name of the record?
Keira Knightley: Oh my God, c’mon, have you not heard of Jeff Buckley? What’s the name of the album? He’s only done one and then he died. Jeff Buckley’s Grace is the most sensational album ever, I think one of the best. You can’t listen to it and not cry. Actually, Damien Rice’s album, O, is very good as well. If you see him live, he did a version of “Hallelujah.” Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” is just sensational and I saw him live in Glasgow and the tears were running down my face, so those two are completely fantastic.
Could we just get a little update on Pirates of the Caribbean 1 and 2? Are all the cast coming back for the sequel?
Keira Knightley: Honestly, I don’t know. You’ll have to ask Jerry. I think we all had a fantastic time on the first Pirates. Definitely, we will be up for doing the second one as well, so fingers crossed.
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Envy of a million ladies and desire of a million men, she is the perfect epitome of beauty, good health and fitness. You long for a body that resembles her perfect, hour-glass figure, and wish you had a flawless, glowing skin she is gifted with. But then, as they say, fame doesn’t come cheap – so did she have her quota of rigor, sweat and days of grueling hard work, which have finally paid off with her bagging the title of being one of the most promising talents in Indian film industry. From being a sports enthusiast and a top notch model to a talent in Bollywood, Deepika Padukone has come a long way.
She has worked upon herself, upon her diet, weight and fitness, to now be in an enviable place where she can call the shots, make heads turn and keep the flab away. And all of this, with strict discipline that can only come from the love of being healthy and beautiful.
A 24 year old, who speaks of good health, wellness, beauty and fitness in one package, that’s Deepika Padukone for the uninitiated! So, what’s the mantra behind this lissome beauty?
Simple: “Make fitness your way of life”. And with this mantra in mind, we take you through what goes in the making of the ravishing Deepika Padukone!
“Vow to remain active – Make it a ritual”
Deepika has promised herself to not let a day pass without having indulged in some form of activity, be it workout in the gym, yoga, free exercises in her garden or even playing badminton. And this in itself is enough to show how she has been able to maintain herself! Fitness has been a habit for Deepika, a daily ritual, that she just cannot ignore. And if you make it a habit to workout each day, you would never feel like you have actually worked out, it would seem like any other regular activity.
“Do what suits your body best”
Deepika believes in doing the activity that suits her body best, rather than going with the flow. “There is no point in doing what everyone else is doing, if it troubles your body” she affirms. zDeepika does not go by a compulsion to hit the gym, and neither does she indulge in weights if it’s a boring day. Depending upon her mood, time and situation, she takes to different activities including gymming, an hour at the badminton court, practising yoga or even shaking a leg at a dance studio.
Deepika’s fitness mantra combines of:
Gymming: “I go to the gym whenever I can. When I am travelling, I do make it a point to work out in the hotel gym”. For those looking at weight loss, here’s what she has to say, “just like me, you need to combine cardio with weight training, because then can you lose weight and tone up at the same time”.
Yoga: Deepika swears by yoga and makes it a point to practice it every evening. “I do yoga in the evenings”. Yoga helps in rejuvenating the mind and the body and makes for a great overall body workout.
Daily walks: “If I can’t go to the gym, I walk twice a day, half an hour in the morning and half an hour in the evening” confesses Deepika. And by the way, did you know walking is considered to be one of the best cardio exercises for a woman?
Dance: Now this is what sets the ravishing 23 year old apart from her contemporaries. When not in the mood for the gym, Deepika prefers shaking a leg to loud music! Jazz, Bharat Natyam, Kathak, you name it and she does it! “In my modeling days, this dance training gave me grace and poise; today, it helps to keep me fit” quips the talented actress.
Get up early, run and play: Deepika attributes her body’s flexibility and agility to “the days when I used to play badminton. I used to get up early and run for 40 minutes and do heavy weight training. It helps me now in terms of flexibility”.
She loves to: Deepika is a diehard foodie and loves to binge on Thai food and chocolate desserts. She does not believe in starvations and confessedly, “lives to eat”. But then just as she enjoys the pleasure of being a gourmet, so does she make it a point to not miss her workout sessions either! “Only diet or only exercise won’t help in overall body weight loss. You have to combine the two” she explains.
A balance of carbohydrates and proteins: She takes a balanced diet with carbs and proteins.
Eat smart: “If it’s a dosa, I have it minus the potato filling; if I am having eggs, I take only the white portion and if I have idlis I substitute coconut chutney with a pudina chutney”. Bottomline: Watch what you eat!
A rice lover: While you may fret at the sight of rice for fear of piling on calories, Deepika being a South Indian and a self confessed rice lover, has never had to shy away from the versatile grain for the fear of weight gain. “I guess my body is so used to rice, that it doesn’t react to it at all”.
Homemade food: “During shoots I eat regular homemade food with dal, two rotis, sabzi, raita, salad or sometimes it is non vegetarian food. But if it’s studio food then I stick to idlis and very light food”.
Breakfast – a must: Deepika has three main meals in a day, breakfast being the most important of them all. “I can’t do without breakfast. I have a huge breakfast – upma, idlis, dosa, parathas – whatever it is, I eat a lot of it.” Now you know why they say, breakfast like a king!
No rice at night: Deepika strictly makes it a point to avoid rice and non vegetarian food at night.
Dislike curd, but: Those who hate having curd, you’ve just got company. Deepika is not the one to like curds, but she compensates for it by having milk and cheese. Do you?
For the picture perfect, Personality – her skin, hair, looks
The first thing in the morning: As soon as she gets up early morning, which is not later than 7 am, is to “have a glass of water”. “Drink lots of water to keep your skin clear” advises Deepika, yes, that is the one thing that sure has contributed to the glow and suppleness of her skin.
Cleanse, tone and moisturize: Deepika’s daily skincare includes cleansing, toning and moisturizing. “Healthy skin needs mild cleansing, for which I use gentle soaps. I use mild products that do not strip my skin of essential proteins”.
Be regular with your hair: Get regular hair cuts, so as to keep the split ends away and condition your hair each time you wash them, so that they remain flowing, and silky.
Dare to experiment: While on one day you would spot her in Jeans and a simple white tee with a hair band, the next day it would have to be a pink flowing dress with a smart up-do and in short pants and sports shoes with a ponytail the next….so keep experimenting too! C’mon girls, let’s go the Deepika way!
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So in your new campaign for Nakshatra diamonds, you look ridiculously stunning! Can you tell us more about the shoot?
Thank-you, it’s been a wonderful journey; we had an amazing time shooting the commercial. My dear friend Ahmed Khan was the choreographer, who was kind enough to help us out. We’ve tried our best. It’s an amazing concept, what we’re tried to do is to tie in the elements of astrology, seeing what diamonds and gems symbolize. We’ve gotten a wonderful response; hope the journey continues to be successful.
In the ad you play the goddess of luck. Are you really good luck?
(Laughs) I am so glad you brought that up. We are in no way incorporating that I am the goddess of luck. The ad represents a goddess of luck with elements of Astrology and gem energies and I am simply playing the character.
Are you really into Astrology?
I am not completely into it. However, it does excite me, when I meet someone who can read hands or who is into stars and numbers. It’s good to get a glimpse of what’s in store for you. I have met people who have sworn that certain gems have helped them a lot. I guess the energies that many of these gems contain when connected, they can change your life for the better.
So are diamonds really a girl’s best friend?
Diamonds symbolize security. They are forever. You can pass them on to the next generation and I think that’s the reason why diamonds are so special for almost all women, including myself.
Was the reason you decided to work for Nakshatra luck or so you could get some luck?
I find Nakshatra has beautiful collection, I am not the one who is too fond of loud jewelry, and Nakshatra completely suits my personality. I can connect with the designs rather comfortably. Besides this is the company that has done the best in the business. So why not opt for it? I am the kind of person who chooses my brands only if I use them or believe in them. I love the designs that Nakshatra offers. They have something for every occasion. I’ve heard them being the ambassador of this trade mark, has helped me as well as the company. Together we can continue to have a great partnership (smiles).
Was it scary to have to replace Aishwarya Rai?
Not really. It’s business and one needs to move on from time to time. I have no problems with Aishwarya, she did a great job being the brand ambassador to Nakshatra and now it’s my turn.
Did you consult anyone before taking up the Nakshatra offer?
No, I make my own decisions. As I said earlier, if I believe in something I will endorse it.
So why didn’t you go to any New Year’s parties this past year?
I did sign up for an event, but things in Mumbai got pretty out of control. Thus the event organizers and I decided to bail out on the event. Plus it doesn’t sound good to perform and party when the city is destructed to such an extent.
How do you feel about being voted the sexiest female in India this year?
It’s a great honor that I am appreciated by so many people. But honestly, I don’t find myself sexy. I have to thank my fans for their constant love and support. I just don’t know what else to say. Frankly I was quite overwhelmed with the title.
What’s it like working with Ranbir Kapoor in “Ooty”?
Ranbir is so fun to work with. We had a great time shooting for Rajkumar Santoshi’s “Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani” for about two months. It was a real stress buster for me, from the city life.
So everyone is dying to know more about the “slapping” incident!
I am going to get Ranbir for that. Actually I am quite accident prone. Ranbir poor thing missed his cue and slapped me really hard. My face was all puffed up and we had to cancel shooting for the day.
Was the film city accident next?
Oh gosh yes! (Blushes) I was shooting for Priyadharshi’s “Dhan Dhana Dhan” at film city. I had to shoot underwater. My leg got tangled under the water. Akki (Akshay Kumar) came to my rescue. I am taking my time to recover from it.
Is it true that Deepika Padukone visited the set of “Ooty” to spy on Ranbir and you who are supposedly having an affair?
An affair? Ha, that’s utter rubbish (sarcastically laughs it off). Deepika did visit us and we had some great times with her on set. This was the first time I got to spend so much time with her. I do not know of any problem that might have happened between the two, it’s their personal issue and I am no where a part of it.
Is it true that things are so bad with you and Salman Khan right now, that you didn’t even go to his birthday party?
It’s too personal to answer that. People know that I am not the kind of person to talk about my personal life. I just didn’t go to the birthday party because I had a leg injury a few weeks ago, and I kept myself isolated. My absence at his birthday was blown completely out of proportion. (Grins), if people want to believe rumors, well than I cannot do anything much about it, can I?
Is there any truth to the rumor that you and Zarine Khan supposedly went off on each other on the set of “Veer” when you were visiting?
(Looks down) I really don’t understand why people spread rumors like this. I went once to the set of Veer to meet Salman. I had my day off, and decided to just go on the set and meet Vipul as well. There’s nothing more to it. I have nothing against Zarina, she was doing her job. I was minding my own business and she was minding hers. I didn’t meet Salman on his birthday either, so this was a good opportunity to catch up with him as well.
Which are you looking more forward to “Dhan Dhana Dhan” or “Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani”?
“Dhan Dhana Dhan” has me and Akshay Kumar in it, which is something I look forward to, whereas me and Ranbir are together for the first in “Ajab Prem”, so I would love to know how that’s going to turn out to be. (Smiles)
Bollywood teen icon Genelia D’Souza is too busy these days with her films IT’S MY LIFE, HOOK YA CROOK and URUMI. In Kolkata to launch Nocturne lounge, the actor tells our correspondent that she won’t change her mad self for anything.
How will you define yourself as a person?
I am a person who loves to chill out more than anything else. I spent my entire college life at Cafe Coffee Day at Carter Road (Mumbai). Even today, I have not changed my lifestyle; I still walk my way from home to the cafe, though now at times, it’s a bit difficult because of my hectic schedules.
And also, because people recognize you?
Yes. But unlike other stars, I thoroughly enjoy it. I get super-excited when someone calls me by my name. I too scream back: ‘Aiyeee’. I know, at times, this creates confusion. So I try not to do my mad things all the time.
Tell us about your childhood days.
I grew up in Bandra. I am a complete sportsgirl; I have played everything-from basketball to hockey…the Joggers Park has so much been a part of my life because of my trainings. Not many people know that I am a state-level athlete. People used to call me a tomboy, though I used to say that I am a tomboy with a feminine side, though even I don’t know what that means. (Laughs) I am a mad girl…fully.
How did Bollywood happen to you?
One day I got a call from Ramoji Rao saying he is doing a Hindi film called TUJHE MERI KASAM and wants to launch me! Now, it was bad enough that I got into modeling because I was from a family who has no clue about the glamour world. And films were something I couldn’t even thought of attempting; first because, I was clueless about acting. And then, in my family, films were like ‘No no no, it is a bad world and we can’t get into it…blah blah blah.’ And these guys kept calling me for a month-and-a-half. Then, my mom said this is an opportunity and that I should try it out. I always have the option to quit if I am not happy with it.
So are you happy the way your acting career has shaped up in Bollywood as well as in South?
I am totally satisfied. I had a peak, I had a fall, and I have a peak again. But I was never out of work. However, my worst phase taught me a lot. When I am in a hit phase now, I know things can go down. I am really lucky that I got accepted in four industries (Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam).
You are mostly projected as a young, bubbly, chirpy girl. Are you happy with your image?
Absolutely. I am young, fun-loving. I don’t want people to know me as someone who is very reserved and serious type, because I am not.
What is the best thing you got yourself after becoming a star?
My Bandra apartment. I love bright colours and decked it up accordingly. You will find a red living area, an orange-and-white study-cum-gym, a blue-and-pink bedroom. My home reflects my vibrancy.
After hibernating like some Arctic Amazon for a year-and-a-half, Venus is rising out of a self-imposed media exile. While she’s been yawning, the junta’s been yearning – for a ‘fix’ of Mallika’s quotable quotes and leggy doublespreads. On the occasion of her forthcoming film‘Pyaar Ke Side Effects’ that the Monroe-esque beauty decided to talk. It was ‘classique’ Mallika all over again – just more vintage.
It’s been a while. But ask me why I’ve been off media?
“I’d love to say this on record, ‘every actor is expected to butter up columnists and journos, say nice things to them, put on a happy face, give bytes about your life – you’re expected to play along with this template that would help you sell tickets, help the movie. I did just that. When I joined the industry I was very honest and forthright to all reporters. But then what happened? They started putting words in my mouth, started focusing on controversy; so I completely stopped doing that.
I grew sick and tired of these irrelevant questions that had nothing to do with my profession, my acting. To top it, my answers were distorted all the time. That’s when I decided ‘halt’! I went off Press.”
Maybe somewhere, her image of being this great ‘Quote Queen’ contributed to that? Everyone wanted the better quote, notwithstanding the mood?
“Yes I guess some come from a culture where they sensationalize all and sell all. Money is all that matters; and they stopped taking into consideration all other things. They became extremely insensitive.”
That makes you sensitive?
“Yes, it hurt me a lot. Embarrassed my family. They were so embarrassed by me that they even questioned ‘Mallika what is this we’re reading now?’ There was a time when I’d do anything and everything to get attention and now I spend all day hiding. Just look at the contrast?”
Still, doesn’t that affect your movie promotions?
We hear Subhash Ghai was upset because you didn’t promote his ‘Shaadi Se Pehle’ enough?
“Now what can I say? I did whatever I was asked to do. I stand by all my movies. But there are always ‘side effects’. Which incidentally is the name of my new film, ‘Pyaar Ke Side Effects’ I’m looking forward to.”
Well, with a hero half her height, Rahul Bose, she should?
“I know. I had a wonderful time working with him. Whenever there was an intimate scene they’d give him a five-inch high stool on which he’d stand for that scene. Rahul is very intelligent. He uses big big words. He’s very intellectual.”
What about John Abraham? There was plenty of steamy talk about the two of you during your shows abroad enough to make Bipasha insecure?
“Look, I never mix business with pleasure. I’ve come to Bollywood to work. There never was an affair, is an affair and there never will be an affair with anyone here. The possibility doesn’t exist of me having a relationship with anyone from Bollywood. The rumours about me dating an Italian might be true but the possibility of me dating anyone from Bollywood doesn’t exist. There was no problem during the shows either. It was great fun. If you have personal issues where you’re working it would be harmful to me. It’s not good business sense. You harm yourself in the long run”