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Jacqueline Fernandez: 'It's fine if people see me as a sex symbol'

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Jacqueline Fernandez has said that she doesn't mind if people regard her as a sex symbol.

The actress was in the UK to attend a charity fundraiser this week as ambassador for Pratham UK.

In an interview with Digital Spy, Fernandez said: "I think what happens is, people do just want to see you as a glamour doll that's put up on screen, but I guess it's how you see yourself.

"After Murder 2 it was all, 'This is the new sex symbol' and I was typecast at that point, but I never kind of let it bring me down and I was able to venture into comedy and action after that as well.

"So I think it really comes down to how you perceive yourself and I really think you shouldn't have to feel that, 'Oh my looks are bringing me down'. Use it to your advantage. It's all in your hands.

"If people do want to regard me as that, that's absolutely fine but I take my roles seriously and even if it's small roles or anything, I give 100 %. I don't let it chain me down in any way, however I am perceived."



The former Miss Sri Lanka, who made her big screen debut with Aladin, said that she has been inspired by Katrina Kaif's example.

She explained: "I definitely do think Katrina has set a bench mark for a lot of people, the fact that she came into the industry and had no idea of the actual film industry of Bollywood and couldn't speak the language and now she's the number one actress in India. So that's very inspirational to me.

"I love the fact that Bollywood is getting so much more globalised. Instead of us looking out there, people are looking to India and coming to us!"

The Race 2 star also said that she would like to explore international films.

"I'd love to venture out into some international work," she added. "I would like to do some work in Sri Lanka as well. I'm looking at some scripts there, and ultimately just become international.

"That's important for me too because the fact that I came to India and didn't have any idea about Bollywood and I didn't know the language, and the fact that I still managed... I do see myself doing any kind of cinema, so I think it would be really interesting."

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