From a rank outsider to being B-town’s friendliest gal, Jacqueline Fernandez has come a very long way…and the actress is not interested in forgetting about the hardships encountered. Instead, she recalls how she had started off in a guesthouse in Colaba which she shared with five other aspiring actresses, traveling to Bandra and Andheri in local trains.
She missed her family terribly and on account of being broke and lonely, had to sometimes even go without food. Worry kept her up at night, as she pondered her prospects.
Life and luck smiled on her, what with one film following the other. KICK opposite Salman Khan marked her entry into the top league, but it didn’t see Jackie grow complacent. She vouches that anything can happen in a competitive industry but one has to stay strong always. Giving one’s hundred percent is not an option – it’s something that every project demands.
A piece of advice given by Akshay Kumar struck a chord with her… The actor, who is top of his game, shared with Jacqueline that since he never troubled anyone and worked very hard, he kept getting films despite delivering several flops. This is because filmmakers trust an actor when they know that she will go all out for a film. And that’s something that Jackie doesn’t stint on.
Sometimes criticized for being short on real acting chops, she believes that having a star boyfriend or a strong network cannot help you survive in the industry – that’s something only talent can ensure. And talent alone is not enough; it must be backed by application. Hard work is what eventually counts, whether with superstars or super directors; something she isn’t stingy about.
Looking good herself is part of the package and she doesn’t resent the pressure to look her best at all times. As an actress, she is well aware that she cannot let herself go as the camera demands that you look your best. Discipline is what helps her look great even though it is difficult to incorporate fitness in one’s daily routine, she admits.
Her schedule gets too tight to even permit a relationship! With her trademark dazzling grin Jackie claims that she is single and doesn’t do anything besides acting. Work consumes all of her time and energy, as she admits that being a star is actually sort of boring. …And that is apparently just the way she likes it!