Before coming to India, you were a model in Australia and won a beauty pageant also. Tell us more about that…
I won the Miss India Australia contest in 2015 and that motivated me to pursue acting professionally. It also made me fall in love with this performing art form. For me, participating in that beauty pageant was really a life-changing moment because I was a rather overweight kid! I was not well-groomed or presentable, and was bullied at school. I never thought I could be a part of showbiz.
Who has been your biggest support?
When I started working out, my dad used to motivate me a lot; he always tried pushing me out of my comfort zone. He was finally successful and it did help me gain confidence.
How were the initial days of your career?
Looking at the industry from the outside, it feels like themost glamorous place to be in. But once you get inside, you realise the amount of hard work, struggle, dedication and focus that one needs to sustain here. Once here, I realised there was a lot of work that I needed to do.
How did you prepare yourself to become an actor?
My Hindi was horrible. So, I started taking diction classes. I also had to work on my acting, camera presence, body language, appearance and so much more.
How did you get your first break in India?
Honestly, I never thought that I wanted to get into reality shows, but when I got the offer and they told me it’s an MTV project, I thought why not!Later, I bagged a rolein the show Class of 2020, which again did well. Straight after that I got the opportunity to work with Ekta Kapoor in Kuch Toh Hai: Naagin Ek Naye Rang Mein.
Who inspired you to become an actor?
Shah Rukh Khan; I love watching him perform, especially the way he romances on screen. Being a 90’s baby, all SRK films and that of Salman Khan’s fascinated me. I also like Preity Zinta for being graceful, cute and bubbly, and Karisma Kapoor for being elegant and beautiful. Both are brilliant performers too.
Your favourite Hindi movie?
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. It’s an iconic film; it’s a classic that everyone loves. I have watched the film several times along with many others while growing up.
Do you think taking up acting was your best career decision?
I don’t know if becoming an actor was the best decision or not, but I follow my heart and don’t regret my decisions. I love being on the sets.