Exclusive: Christmas takes me back to many childhood memories: Jacqueline Fernandez
Actor Jacqueline Fernandez won’t be spending this Christmas with her near-and-dear ones, but she plans to visit an orphanage.Updated: Dec 23, 2017 18:10 IST
She was born and raised in Bahrain, in a multi-ethnic family. And even though Jacqueline Fernandez – her father is a Sri Lankan, while mother is of Malaysian descent – moved to India in the mid-2000s, the Bollywood actor always ensured that she spends Christmas with her family, but not this year. “I won’t be with them as I am busy with work,” says Jacqueline, as she does an exclusive photo shoot and chat with HT Café at JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu.
What does Christmas mean to you?
Christmas is one of my favourite festivals because I have grown up celebrating it. It takes me back to many childhood memories. I celebrated most of my Christmases in Bahrain because I spent most of my childhood there. We were four siblings and a big family and my parents always used to do something fun around the festival for us. We got to put up the tree and got to open presents. Christmas is an amazing festival for children. It’s so much fun.
Do you remember anything in particular vis-à-vis Christmas?
There are so many [memories] but it’s mostly about opening the presents. But one particular memory that stands out is of me in a toy store a night before Christmas and seeing a Barbie doll. I remember thinking, ‘I really like this doll but it’s too late for Santa to bring me this doll’. But that same night, as we were opening our presents after the midnight mass, I got the same doll. I was like, ‘Oh my God, Santa is so cool’. When I think about it now, I feel that our parent were so awesome.
Nowadays, you live in Mumbai. So, do you miss your family especially during festivals such as Christmas?
I really do, but this year, I won’t be with them as I am busy with work [in Mumbai], but I have ensured that I am with them on New Year’s Eve. Last year though, I was with them on Christmas. I feel if you don’t invest in your families and making memories with them, what will you recall when you look back at your life. I definitely don’t want to see only work if I look back [at my life] later on.
This year, what are your plans for Christmas?
I would like to visit an orphanage. There are a lot of orphan kids out there who understand Christmas but have no one to celebrate it with. These things enrich your life in so many ways.
At this stage, if given an option, what would you ask Santa for?
It would be nothing materialistic. The well-being of my parents and their happiness would always top the list. So, I would wish for mine and their good health. There’s nothing more important. I would any day choose health over wealth.
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First Published: Dec 23, 2017 18:00 IST