Very few people would know that before entering into profession of modeling, Lisa Haydon, wanted to become an astronaut. She has though shot for the swim suit calendar for Kingfisher and now is doing a film with Ajay Devgan and Sanjay Dutt titled Rascals. But modeling and acting was not always in her mind. She earlier wanted to be an astronaut or a teacher.
“Modeling didn’t actually happen all of a sudden. I was 19 when a friend suggested that I should try modeling. I did and approached an agency, and offers started pouring in. Then modeling led to films. I wouldn’t say I am an actor by chance because while in school in Australia, I participated in skits and learned acting,” says Lisa Haydon.
Adding further she says, “Acting has been in me since childhood. Of course, I still want to be a yoga teacher, may be some time later. Even now, I would say yoga is part of my life as I practice it. But on the bigger scene, it’s films for now.”
But girls like Lisa Haydon are a sex siren in Bollywood. So is she comfortable with this hot sexy image of hers. “Well, there is no denying that I am one hot girl! If, people think I am hot and sexy, it’s fine. However, it is incorrect to attach just this ‘sex symbol’ tag to me because I am more than just that. I believe with more films, when people see more of my work than anything else, perceptions will change. And I will be glad when it does change,” reveals Lisa.
But Bollywood requires fluent and clear Hindi. As Lisa has spent much of life in Australia, her accent is not correct. Even Katrina Kaif has often faced criticism for her accent. In such a scenario has Lisa also faced criticism for her western accent?
“Yes, I have. People who have commented on my accent are not wrong. I mean, if Katrina Kaif is criticized for her accent, why would I be spared? If I am working in the Hindi film industry, it only makes sense that I get the language right. And I am working towards it. I have been taking Hindi lessons for the past three years and have been working on my diction for the past one year, ever since I did “Aisha”,” tells Lisa frankly.
Lisa might have some plans for Bollywood for her stable career in this industry. When saked she denied saying, “To be honest, I am not the kind of person to plan things in advance. So, I haven’t really planned or strategized anything to remain in the industry. I just want to concentrate on my abilities, stay positive and believe that with my hard work, I will do well here. I have done just two films as of now. I need to learn and grow. Acting is an ever evolving process, and I am learning to imbibe it. In due time, I am sure my positivity will pay off.”
How far does Lisa believe that beauty doesn’t have brains? Lisa Haydon is quick to respond, “Well, first, it is ridiculous to not associate beauty with brains. Whoever says so, needs a reality check. There are so many beauties with brains and there are so many not-so-good-looking people who don’t have brains. What’s the connection then?
Bollywood is often alleged to notice your external beauty like legs and hands instead of noticing the acting skills. Recently at an event Sanjay Dutt was caught staring at Lisa’s leg. What’s her take on this?
“It again is ridiculous, you know, to say such things. I wouldn’t be able to answer this question simply because nothing of this sort has happened to me. I don’t think Sanjay (Dutt) was staring at my legs, no! Some people just assumed he was. You see, something of this sort has to happen to me first to tell you what it feels like. All the actors I have worked with so far are gentlemen. They have a family and it’s not right to assume things like this and publicize them,” informs Lisa.
Often Bollywood actress head towards South, is Lisa also planning the same, to which she answers in affirmative. “Yes, why not? If something interesting comes my way, I would love to take it up. I love action films and I want to do my own stunts in a film. I am sure I will be good at it. I also want to do a comedy. It’s fun trying different genres,” she signs off stating this.