‘Heart-to-Heart with Amy Jackson – “India is not an alien country for me”

Carving a niche for oneself in an alien country is not easy, but Amy Jackson did just that. The leggy stunner made a name for herself not only in the South film industry but is slowly getting a foothold in Bollywood. Amy has come to love India and says that when the people of Indian relate to anyone they give them full respect and love, and that includes her. Today the actress shares her feelings about India, her career and Bollywood

You came from UK to India about seven years ago, how has the experience of living in this country been?

Ever since my first Tamil film Madrasapattinam, I was accepted very well and loved in India. The audience liked my work, which was a big thing for me. I realized that good work has value here wherever you may come from. Today India is not an alien country for me.

What is the best thing about India?

I like the fact that people respect you. And the Indian people are a very loving lot, especially if they take to you. I really like it here.

Tell us who is your favourite among the Bollywood heroes?

To tell you the truth I like all the heroes, as each has his own extraordinary quality. But if want to know then I would say Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan are my favourites. They are my friends, and are not only good actors but good human beings as well.

Is there any actor you would love to work with?

Yes, Ranbir Kapoor! He is my favourite actor. I would love to do at least one film with him. Besides I am a big fan of Kareena Kapoor Khan and would like to work with her also.

You have worked in Tamil and Hindi films. Which language did you find more tough?

I know you will not believe it, but I found Hindi more tough . For me Tamil was easier to pick up. But I am picking up Hindi very fast as I am still not adept at the language.

Since you do not know Indian languages well do you find it difficult to play a character convincingly?

Yes it does get difficult at times, but my costars have been very helpful and my directors go out of their way to explain a scenel to me. That makes it easy for me to be comfortable and portray my character convincingly.

What are the pros and cons of being a foreigner in India?

According to me if you are hardworking and talented you will definitely get work here. Having said that there will always be some kind of negativity. Some people even go to the extent of saying that foreign actresses should not be part of Hindi films. I don’t pay heed to such talks because the number of people who say this is limited and the people who like and appreciate my work is more. The reason I am doing such big films today. Like Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandez and Sunny Leone I also hope to make a place for myself in the Industry.

Film celebrities are plagued by gossip. How do you deal when such reports come out?

Frankly, I ignore gossip. If you pay attention to gossip you won’t be able to concentrate on your work. And anyways the Indian media has been good to me as well as supportive.

Do you see any changes in yourself after becoming a actress?

I don’t think I have changed because I don’t think there is anything in me that I should change. But yes, I am a very emotional person and take things to heart. I also take decisions from my heart instead of my head and I think that’s something I should change.

Is there any character you would give your right arm to play?

I like historical characters and would love to play one. Also I have this desire to play a character who is like me, so that I can present the real me to the people. Otherwise I am playing all kinds of characters in films – emotional, action oriented etc. I am lucky I have got support from all fronts and hope to continue doing the good work!

Interviewed By – Arti Saxena