Jacqueline Fernandez is an extremely versatile artist. She is of Sri Lankan descent and is an actress, former model, and the winner of the Miss Universe Sri Lanka pageant of 2006. In 2009, she launched her career in Bollywood with the movie Aladin and since then has established her career in the industry. Born into a multiracial family of Canadian, Sri Lankan, and Malaysian descent, Fernandez was actually raised in Bahrain. After successfully graduating in mass communication from the University of Sydney and working as a television reporter in Sri Lanka, she undertook her career in the modeling industry. She was crowned Miss Universe Sri Lanka in 2006, and represented her country at Miss Universe 2006.
While on a modelling assignment in India in 2009, Fernandez successfully auditioned for Sujoy Ghosh's fantasy drama Aladin, which marked her acting debut. Fernandez had her breakthrough role with the psychological thriller Murder 2 (2011), her first commercial success. This was followed by glamorous roles in the commercially successful ensemble-comedy Housefull 2 (2012) and the action thriller Race 2 (2013), which garnered her an IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination. Fernandez went on to star in the top-grossing action film Kick (2014) and the comedies Housefull 3 (2016) and Judwaa 2 (2017).
In addition to her screen acting career, Fernandez has also appeared as a judge in the ninth season of the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa(2016–2017). She is a popular celebrity endorser for various brands and products, and is extremely active in humanitarian work.
Recently, Jacqueline spilled the beans about what Sanjay Leela Bhansali movies motivated her to join the Hindi film industry. She candidly expressed: "The first Bollywood film I watched was 'Asoka' (Santosh Sivan's 2001 directorial). I saw Kareena dancing and she was stunning. It was like watching 'The Last of the Mohicans' or 'Braveheart'. After that I watch 'Devdas', and then 'Black'. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been a huge part of me wanting to do Hindi films," said the actress, who made her Bollywood debut with Sujoy Ghosh's 2009 film "Aladin".
The actress also spoke about her influences in IMDb Original "The Insider's Watch list". Jacqueline shared her favorite shows were "Game Of Thrones", "Seinfeld", "Veep", "30 Rock", "You", "13 Reasons Why" and "Stranger Things".
Jacqueline will soon be seen in Netflix's upcoming thriller "Mrs. Serial Killer". "Mrs. Serial Killer" narrates the story of a woman whose husband has been framed and imprisoned for serial murders. Consequently, she needs to perform a murder exactly like the serial killer, to prove that her husband is innocent. Jacqueline expressed her excitement about the project on Twitter. She recently wrote, “Super stoked to announce my new @NetflixIndia Original film, Mrs. Serial Killer is coming soon. This is going to be fun.” The film will be directed by the talented, Sirish Kunder and produced by his wife, Farah Khan. “Just a very excited PSA that @Asli_Jacqueline is officially part of the Netflix fam with Mrs. Serial Killer. Here’s hoping that if we are ever framed for murder, she’s got our back!” Netflix India playfully tweeted recently, and shared a black and white picture of the actor, wearing a scarf on her head.
Jacqueline’s excited tweet:
Netflix India’s playful tweet:
Just a very excited PSA that @Asli_Jacqueline is officially part of the Netflix fam with Mrs. Serial Killer. Here's hoping that if we are ever framed for murder, she's got our back! pic.twitter.com/bHhiyCKFJm— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) April 24, 2019
Mrs Serial Killer is a part of the 10 new original titles for India. Others include a horror anthology by Lust Stories directors Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan Johar, and content produced by Shah Rukh Khan and Ronnie Screwvala. Karan is also set to produce an upcoming film called Guilty. Recently he said, “Today a filmmaker with an interesting idea has so many avenues to connect with the audience, and Netflix is definitely one of the most exciting among them. As a content creator, there has never been a better time to tell stories. Guilty is a film that explores a personal, powerful subject where a small-town girl takes on the structures that protect perpetrators of rape. Ruchi Narain is helming the film as a director, and we at Dharmatic, could not be more excited than to see her vision come alive across 190 countries on Netflix.”