‘I always felt pressure to look a certain way – now, I’m finally comfy’

A day within the lifetime of the Bollywood-turned-Hollywood actor, mannequin and movie producer, 39, who lives in LA along with her husband, pop star Nick Jonas, 29, and their three canines.

No one ought to converse to me till I’ve had my morning cup of espresso. I hate waking up. I’ve an espresso machine in my bed room, so I can get my espresso earlier than getting away from bed. I sleep underneath a heat and cosy comforter in a chilly room – I’ve my air-con set to round 16C. Somehow I really feel secure underneath there. If I had a selection I wouldn’t begin my day till 11am.

I’m at the moment filming on set [Amazon Prime’s Citadel], so the truth is I normally have a 4.30am wake-up name. I get picked up for work and I take the time within the automotive to get up my brain and skim my notes for the day. It’s very ritualistic and meditative however I don’t correctly meditate – I’m that Indian who doesn’t understand how to!

Once I’m within the make-up chair, I rework into my character and take into consideration all the pieces I would like to try this day.

I attempt to eat healthily and work out, however actually my hours are so loopy. I journey a lot to completely different time zones, so I want to give my physique what it wants, when it wants it, so as to perform at my finest. I don’t deny my physique something, even at 1am when I’ve the night-time munchies.

My job is public-facing so I can’t have individuals saying I used to be drained [while on a job]. The stakes are excessive as there are such a lot of individuals who rely on what I’m doing. I really feel just like the accountability of it takes over, which is why I would like time to decompress and discover my vulnerability.

There’s nothing that makes me really feel higher than being with my household and the individuals I really like. My husband Nick has positively helped me get in contact with a new, calmer aspect of myself. I’m very formidable, a go-getter, a hustler. I used to have torrential power. But Nick is the sunshine that calms my storm. 

We stability one another that way. Whenever I’m feeling torrential, I now take into consideration endurance and the way he [Nick] comes at each state of affairs with a sense of decision. It’s rather more peaceable, fairly than feeling agitated.

In the previous, I always felt pressure to look a certain way. I’ve been raised with unrealistic magnificence requirements my entire life – all of us have. Growing up, I believed all the pieces had to be excellent, skinny or pattern measurement, and airbrushed. It has taken me time to come to phrases with my pure pores and skin and pure hair texture. 

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