Though actress Jacqueline Fernandez admits that it is important to maintain a certain standard of living, “I don’t let myself become a slave to high-end comforts”. The actress adds that small things make her happy such as going on an exotic vacation or go on a shopping spree. In a tete-a-tete with DNA, the Bollywood hottie reveals her happiness quotient and also spills the beans on her little indulgences...
What does living the good life for you entail?
Little comforts are of course a must, but materialism doesn’t do much for me. So, if there’s something I have, great, if not that’s great too. I don’t let materialism ruin my moment of joy. Small things in life make me just as happy as I would feel after say an exotic holiday or an entire day of shopping. For me being able to catch up with friends, spending quality time with my loved ones is what makes for the good life.
So what are your favourite indulgences?
I love travelling. And I was recently in Turkey shooting for Race 2, so that is the kind of place I would love to vacation also. I like meeting friends, going out for movies or just hanging out with family. I am actually quite a homebody, so even cooking makes me very happy.
Is that also how you de-stress?
I try not to get stressed easily and work ensures that I have no time to stress over anything anyway. But once in a while when I do, I like to catch up with friends and take some time off. I like watching movies, listening to music... simple things make me happy. When it gets too much, I love to chat up with my family, that’s like an instant stress-buster.
And what do you do to pamper yourself?
Oh, a day at a spa would be perfect. I love getting myself pampered there. So, right from the massages to the pedicure and manicure, I really find them very relaxing. I wish I could go there every alternate day (laughs). But no, I think I enjoy it because it’s not an everyday affair.
What is your happiness funda?
I believe in being positive and approaching things with a positive mind. I do have my happy days and bad days, but I try and keep myself away from negativity as much as possible. The moment I realise that someone’s approach is making me go on the negative side, I just step out of the zone. Even when something gets written or spoken about you that you do not like, you just have to shut it out, instead of letting it affect you. That’s what I do — shut out negativity from my life.
How do you deal with the hectic shoots?
I welcome them. Like working on Race 2 was so much fun that I wouldn’t mind the hectic pace of life if it’s that fulfilling as an actor. I think Abbas Mustan (director) and Kumar Taurani (producer) ensure that each actor gets his/her due and make working so much fun that you just don’t mind giving in more than 100%cent. I am doing action in the film, something that I have never done before but the faith they showed in me was enough to give me confidence and I could pull it off convincingly. When working is fun, you don’t think about the days you spend on sets.