C: When do you feel the strongest?
JF: “When I’m taking my own decisions. Working on my own vision...when I’m in a meeting with my team or my agency and I’m chalking out the future plan. It’s not easy when there is no-one to guide you, and you have to make your own decisions and be responsible for your own survival.”
C: Is there something about yourself that you’ve changed, and you’re really proud of?
JF: “I’ve learned how to put myself first... well, in most situations. I was someone who always focused on making other people feel comfortable. Ensuring they’re okay, and not offended by anything. I would always put their feelings first. And sure, it’s a nice thing to do, and it made me a nice person, but I realised it was also damaging my mental health. I never really knew where to draw the line. I realised I needed to speak up and not worry so much about what the other person would think. No-one should be taking anyone for granted, and putting your own needs over others’ isn’t a selfish thing to do.”
C: Is there anything that you
wish people would pay more attention to...
JF: “I’d just like people to understand the importance of positive thinking. I interact with my fans quite a bit, and a lot of times, even young kids are like, ‘Oh my God, my life is terrible!’, and they seem to be really struggling. They turn to me for advice and I just want to tell them that they need to be positive. Negativity is very destructive, and slowly becomes a habit, and an infliction. I have fallen into that trap, and I have seen people around me suffer because of that. So to prevent yourself from going to a dark place, train yourself to always look at the bright side. Be positive, put good energy into the world, have happy thoughts, and it’ll all be okay. We need happy, positive people. We need to stop acting out of fear, or hatred, and have more positive energy and love! It will definitely solve a lot of the problems we have in the world right now.”
C: We can’t not ask you about your cats Miu Miu and Yoda. What have they been up to lately?
JF: “I thought you’d say, ‘We can’t not ask you about your love life’. But that’s fine, it’s non-existent, so yeah, let’s talk about my cats [laughs]. Well, Miu Miu and Yoda got naughty while I was away, and had two adorable kittens! I came back from a work trip and I saw that Miu Miu was acting strange. So we took her to the vet and found out she was pregnant and ready to deliver in three weeks! I was like, ‘WHAT??!’. But the kittens are beautiful and I now have a full-fledged cat family. It’s adorable.”
C: At Cosmo, your fitness regime has always interested us. What are you into these days?
JF: “There are a bunch of things I’m doing currently—I love experimenting and trying out new things. Every time I travel, I make sure I try out new fitness places, new kinds of workout. I was in NYC recently, and I went to a place called Tone House—it was really intense, and it’s meant for professional athletes. While I was working out, I thought I was going to die, and it was just the warm up! So I like challenging my body and mind, and doing a mix of indoor and outdoorsy things.
Another thing I’m addicted to is yoga. It’s such an amazing mind, body, soul workout. It keeps you flexible and also strengthens your core. It’s the only form of exercise that keeps you healthy and functioning properly, from inside out.”