Lisa Haydon: not just a pretty face

Published: November 1, 2014
Haydon said she doesn’t want to get stuck with her ‘bohemian free-spirit’ image, post-Queen. PHOTO: FILE

Haydon said she doesn’t want to get stuck with her ‘bohemian free-spirit’ image, post-Queen. PHOTO: FILE


Model-turned-actor Lisa Haydon, who does not wish to be tagged as “hot”, says her performance in Queen has helped people to pay attention to her acting acumen. “Before Queen, people perceived me (just) as a model. I worked very hard to prove myself as a good actor. I needed the right opportunity, and now I feel people have started taking me seriously as an actor and have started paying attention to my talent,” Lisa said.

She feels that her image has drastically changed after Queen. “I don’t want to be termed as ‘hot’. It was getting offensive after a point. Who wants to be hot,” she said. However, Lisa feels that after Queen, in which she played Vijayalakshmi, an independent, fun-loving and modern girl who befriends Kangana Ranaut’s character, she is “getting stuck with the ‘bohemian free-spirit’ image.”

She admits it “is so much better than hot”, but is clear that she doesn’t want to get “stuck with any image”. The actor’s latest project is the film called The Shaukeens. Talking about the movie and her character in it, she said, “In my opinion, my The Shaukeens character Ahana is not hot.

Vijayalakshmi (from Queen) is hotter than Ahana though she does not do anything to be hot – she burps, she snores, and has an ‘I don’t give a damn’ attitude which appeals to people. Ahana, on the other hand, is a very innocent and naive girl.”

Directed by Abhishek Sharma, The Shaukeens features Annu Kapoor, Anupam Kher and Piyush Mishra. “The three men have never met a girl like her and they think she is a streetsmart girl because she is very open about everything. The men think she likes them, but for her, they are paternal figures,” Lisa said.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 2nd, 2014.

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