8 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Athiya Shetty!

Everything from her inspiration to act and what she's looking for in a man!




1) She was inspired by Kajol to be an actor!

"People assume I chose to be an actor because of my father (Suniel Shetty). Honestly, I've wanted to ever since I watched my first Bollywood film. I would watch DDLJ and Kal Ho Na Ho, and go 'this is what I need to do'. I wanted to be exactly like Kajol—you could never watch anyone else on screen but her, and I wanted to make people feel like that about me.

2) She was 'discovered while she was working out at the gym.

"...this film was a stroke of luck because it found me— literally! Alvira (Salman Khan's sister) found me at this gym I go to in Bandra called Yasmin's Body Image when they were looking to cast someone opposite Sooraj (Pancholi), and the rest, as they say, is history." 

3) She thinks Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is the most beautiful woman in the world.

"​The defining moment that made me realise cinema was for me, came the one (and only) time I ever went on set. My father was shooting for Umrao Jaan, and I saw Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (the most beautiful woman in the world, without a speck of doubt) doing a song sequence. I was mesmerized for hours, and by the time I left, there were no two ways about what I would be doing with my life.​"

4) This is the most important part about any relationship, according to her:

"​I do think starting off as friends is incredibly important in a relationship, in general though. The bad-boy thing is definitely fun—the chase is often more rousing than the kill—but I really want to be friends with the person I'm with."

5) She hates being tall!

"​I wish I wasn't so tall—I was called 'the giraffe' all through my teens (anyone who wants a bit of height, please step forward and help yourself).​"

6) The craziest thing she has ever done for a boy:

​"The stupidest thing I've ever done for a boy is setting my kitchen on fire trying to bake him something!"

7) THIS is what she would be if not an actor!

​ "If I wasn't acting, I'd be working as a waitress at a café in NYC.​"

8) ​This is the  most valuable advice given to her, after becoming an actor:

​"My father actually shielded me from the film part of his life all through my childhood. We weren't even allowed to go see him on set—no bring-your-daughter-to-work days there! But he gave me the most valuable advice about being an actor I'll ever get: 'Never fear a Friday'."

Interview by Saumyaa Vohra, Photographs by Errikos Andreou