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Jacqueline Fernandez
Actor • Special Appearances
Born: August 11, 1985 in Manama, Bahrain
Jacqueline Fernandez is a Sri Lankan actress and model who primarily works in the Hindi film industry. The winner of the 2006 Miss Universe Sri Lanka pageant, Jacqueline is famous in Bollywood for essaying glamorous roles in films like Housefull 2, Race 2, Kick, and Housefull 3.

Early Life
Born in Bahrain, to a Sri Lankan father, Elroy Fernandez and Malaysian mother, Kim, Jacqueline is the youngest of four children with one elder sister and two elder brothers. Jacqueline did her schooling from Bahrain and then went to the University of Sydney from where she graduated in Mass Communication. After graduating she began working as a television reporter in Sri Lanka but simultaneously continued modeling and in 2006 she was crowned the Miss Sri Lanka Universe. Jacqueline was the anchor of Lanka Business Report and also used to write for The Daily Mirror.

Jacqueline from a very young age wanted to make it big in the world of glamor. When she came to India for a modeling assignment, she auditioned for the fantasy film Aladin and landed the lead role.

Personal Life
Being a famous celebrity in Bollywood comes with its pros and cons. Jacqueline`s personal life has always been under media scrutiny. Her affair and break up with Bollywood`s director Sajid Khan was much publicized. Their courtship period of two years ended in 2013. Before being in a relationship with Sajid Khan, Jacqueline was dating Bahraini prince Hassan bin Rashid Al Khalifa, whom she met at a mutual friend`s party, but the duo separated soon after.

Movie Career
Jacqueline Fernandez broke into the industry with Sujoy Ghosh`s fantasy adventure film Aladin in 2009, opposite Riteish Deshmukh. The film which also starred Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt was a box office disaster both in terms of collection and content. Jacqueline garnered mixed reviews for her portrayal of Princess Jasmine. Her second film Jaane Kahan Se Aayi hai, again starring Riteish Deshmukh, was a flop. Jacqueline was criticized heavily for not being able to satisfyingly play the role of an alien.

Success came to Jacqueline with Mahesh Bhatt`s thriller mystery film Murder 2 in 2011. Directed by Mohit Suri, the film starred Emraan Hashmi along with her in the lead. The film was one of the highest grossers in 2011 and did wonders to uplift Jacqueline`s career. Next year in 2012, Fernandez appeared in the ensemble comedy film Housefull 2 co-starring Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, and Asin Thottumkal. Directed by her then boyfriend, Sajid Khan, the movie was a commercial super hit but was thrashed miserably by the critics.

She subsequently starred in the multi-starrer suspense film Race 2 with Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone and Ameesha Patel. Directed by the famous duo Abbas-Mustan, the movie fared badly critically and Jacqueline was heavily criticized for her role.

2014 proved to be a turning point in Jacqueline`s career. She starred opposite Salman Khan in Sajid Nadiadwala`s directorial debut Kick. The movie which also starred Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin Siddiqui was an official remake of a Tamil film with the same name. Kick was a runaway hit and was amongst the highest grossing Hindi films at that time. This record-breaking movie made Jacqueline one of the most sought after actresses in Bollywood.

She then appeared in films like Roy, Bangistan, and Brothers, which were all box office duds. In 2015, Jacqueline made her Hollywood debut with British Horror film Definition of Fear. The film in which she essayed Sarah Folding, a psychology student was premiered at the 4th Delhi International Film Festival in December 2015.

Jacqueline Fernandez`s 2016 releases include Housefull 3, Dishoom, and A flying Jatt. In the same year, she also made her Hindi TV debut as one of the judges in Jhalak Dikhhla Ja Season 9. Her 2017 releases include the action comedy film Drive opposite Sushant Singh Rajput, A Gentleman alongside actor Sidharth Malhotra, and the David Dhawan directorial venture Judwaa 2 alongside Varun Dhawan. Her other projects include the Sri Lankan English film According to Mathew, under the direction of Chandran Rutnam.
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Did You Know? (13)

  • Sayyeshaa Saigal was roped in A Flying Jatt opposite Tiger Shroff but was replaced by Jacqueline Fernandez.
  • Jacqueline Fernandez loves to learn new languages. She is fluent in Spanish, Arabic, and French.
  • The musical drama London Dreams (2009) was supposed to be Jacqueline's debut movie in Bollywood, but due to scheduling conflicts, she opted out. The Sri Lankan beauty eventually made her debut in the same year with the fantasy adventure film Aladin (2009).
  • Jacqueline Fernandez is half Malaysian and half Sri-Lankan.
  • Before becoming an actress, Jacqueline Fernandez was an anchor and hosted the show, Lanka Business Report.
  • Jacqueline Fernandez is well versed in Spanish, Arabic and French.
  • Jacqueline Fernandez has a non-profit organisation in Sri Lanka, which focuses on empowerment of the underprivileged.
  • Before making it big in Bollywood, Jacqueline Fernandez was an anchor in a Sri Lankan television business program and even wrote a weekly column with the country's Daily Mirror newspaper. She had planned to take up journalism as a profession, but winning the Miss Sri Lanka pageant completely changed her career path.
  • While in Bahrain, Jacqueline Fernandez was a real life street racer, and also participated and won in street races.
  • Jacqueline Fernandez is trained in horse riding, which she learned at the Amateur Riders' Club, a private riding club in Mumbai.
  • Jacqueline Fernandez owns a restaurant Kaema Sutra in Colombo, Sri Lanka, which serves traditional Sri Lankan food, and also has a few items from her grandma's recipe book.
  • Jacqueline Fernandez, highly concerned about animal safety, supported PETA for banning horse carriages in Mumbai.
  • To prepare for her role in Race 3, Jacqueline Fernandez underwent rigorous training in MMA, boxing, kickboxing, Thai boxing, and Jiu-Jitsu.
  • Personal Quotes (16)

  • "Being independent and accomplished was imperative to me and I always demanded the best of myself. Perfectionism is my strongest asset."
  • "Yoga disciplines both the mind and the souls and not just your body. It helps me in having a constant positive outlook in life. I would love my family to adopt this form of fitness as well."
  • "It's fun to work with men. They don't bully you. On the contrary, they guide you and become one of your buddies."
  • "I've never raised my hand on anyone in my whole life. I feel it's barbaric."
  • "We all portray a lot of characters, and once we get into a shot, we have to come out of our skin and be a completely different person."
  • "Take care of yourself by eating right, sleeping right, and exercising regularly! These are the only rules I swear by. If you follow this religiously and use the right products, your skin and hair will thank you."
  • "Actresses cannot have any inhibitions while portraying bold characters. It is something that we learn on the first page of the book on acting."
  • "Comedy is one of the toughest genres. It is so essential to get the timing right, failing which the humor can fall flat."
  • "I think it's really important for actors to add some shock value to whatever they do. I think the audience gets bored very easily, and it's really important to keep experimenting."
  • "Oils have the most wonderful effect on the complexion due to their high affinity with the skin."
  • "If you are insecure, then you can't be friends with anyone."
  • "What motivates me is that the best is yet to come."
  • "Our craft is all we have. So, we should keep it challenging and exciting. Else, there's no actual growth."
  • "Being single, I thought would be fun, but it is terribly boring. And I am a romantic, but only when I am in love. I can't force it otherwise."
  • "Moving to India was challenging being a foreigner. I don't have any family here. I didn't have anyone to guide me. But I never felt for a second that I am not welcome here. "
  • "Beautiful feet are coveted by all women, everywhere of all ages, especially when they want to look their best and show off those strappy heels."
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