What's your favourite piece of jewellery to wear?

"I am actually very minimalistic when it comes to jewellery. I simply like a pair of stud earrings and a watch when I am not on the red carpet."

How would you describe your style? Do you feel at home in a red-carpet gown or do you prefer to dress more casually?

"I feel equally comfortable in both. I am at a point in my life where I don't let outside pressures dictate how I feel about myself. I dress in pieces that reflect me and highlight my best features. It isn't just about following a trend but finding a way to make something your own – that's the key to feeling beautiful and confident."

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What are the beauty essentials you couldn't live without?

"I'm a huge fan of L'Oréal and I can't live without eyeliner, a great mascara and a perfectly matched foundation. As with fashion, I feel that make-up should accentuate your best features, not act as a mask."

How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

"It doesn't take me long. I am so busy with work and projects that I like to get moving as quickly as possible to maximise my day. I already feel like there is never enough time in the day so I prefer not to waste a minute dawdling over my morning routine. "

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What has been your career highlight so far?

"Slumdog Millionaire really was a fairytale. I was so lucky that my big break, the role that really got me started, was also such a huge success. It was such a wonderful experience and so incredible to see how the film was received and to see it win so many awards. I made so many friends and have developed very great relationships with everyone involved – it really was an unforgettable experience."

What advice would you give to young women about feeling confident?

"It's very interesting because I think you have to go through ups and downs in your own life to gain your sense of confidence. One thing I would say to girls who face a beaten-down confidence, just remember that it is there inside you somewhere, you just have to let it out."

You must always be on the go with your job. How do you keep yourself looking fresh after a long flight or looking your best when you aren't at home?

"I always try to get as much rest as possible. When I am at home in LA, no two days are the same, but I always make time for yoga with my favourite teacher."

What is your favourite way to unwind?

"Having friends around me, going to a spa or sleeping. These days it's difficult to ever get that so I am saying that with the hope and the wish that it actually happens soon."

What advice would you give to someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

"I would say, don't follow in my footsteps. Create your own path. My footsteps are mine and they may not work for you. You can be inspired but at the end of the day, you should create your own path."

We know you're starting your own production company focusing on empowering females in TV and film. Can you tell us a bit more about this?

"I am about to start work on a very interesting project, called Love Sonia. It is directorial debut of a good friend and a story that really needs to be told. I will be starring alongside some of the most talented actors in India – of course it is somewhat intimidating to work with India's top thespians but also such an honour. I am not producing this film but I do have a few exciting projects in the works."


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