MUMBAI: Her modelling background made her put in extra efforts to convince people about her capabilities as an actor, but Lisa Haydon says that Kangana Ranaut-starrer Queen, in which she played the part of the Bohemian single mother Vijay Laxmi, has changed her life in many ways on the career front.
“My life has changed a lot post Queen because that was a breakthrough film where people acknowledged my acting. It is always difficult to break preconceptions if you are coming from a modelling background. I feel that you have to work harder and prove yourself if you have a successful modelling career.”
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At the sidelines of Lakme Fashion Week winter-festive 2015, Lisa said that “all the girls have gone through this, but I believe Queen was the film where people noticed me.”
The model-turned-actor, who made her acting debut with the 2010 film Aisha, was last seen on the big screen in Shaukeens. Her next film is Housefull 3 where she will be seen sharing screen space with Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan and many more.
The shooting for Housefull 3 has not started yet, but Lisa says she is excited and is looking forward to be doing comedy again as it’s her “favourite zone”. She is also currently the host of reality TV show India’s Next Top Model.
Talking about the show, she said: “I think lot of girls around the country have found the show completely inspirational because these are the girls who are completely raw, have no experience in fashion weeks or photoshoots before. We are putting them on the main stage. They came from smaller villages, smaller cities, and smaller towns and have different backgrounds.”
The show offers its viewers experience and exploration of the world of fashion, talent and immense competition. Its final episode will air in September.
Lisa believes that models are not respected enough in India because they are not superstars on their own and unless they become actors they will not be known as superstars either. However, she is hopeful that with this show, she is going to give a face who can work well in every sector.
“In the last few years, we haven’t had a girl who covers everything. I think it’s very hard to find a girl who is committed to business and then becomes a supermodel as they want to travel study and do many things. But we are hopeful that we will find one with this show,” she said.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 29th, 2015.
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