Deepika Padukone is the latest Bollywood star to go international and the actress said that although she is proud to have bagged xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, she is nervous about venturing into a new territory.
The 30-year-old Bajirao Mastani actress will share screen space with Hollywood stars Vin Diesel and Samuel L Jackson in the DJ Caruso-directed action thriller, which is the third installment of the xXx franchise.
Deepika said that her ethnicity helped her bag the role and in the film she will be given an opportunity to ‘show her Indianness.’
“I am very excited. But I want to confess that I am very nervous. Most importantly I feel proud to be a part of a film where I get to show my ethnicity,” Deepika told PTI.
“The reason they are roping me is because of my background. I really hope that I do well in the movie and people go and watch it,” said the actress.
Besides Deepika, another Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, who recently made her American TV debut with Quantico, has reportedly bagged a role in Baywatch movie opposite Dwayne Johnson.
Back home, Deepika has been making the right noises and had a tremendous year in 2015 with the success of her films Piku, Tamasha and Bajirao Mastani.
The actress said that it has been her constant effort to keep improving every year and she is happy to see her efforts pay off two years in a row.
“I work to compete with myself and keep setting the benchmark for myself, to become better. After a successful 2014, I hoped I can do better and then it happened in 2015. It is my constant desire to keep improving,” she said.
With back-to-back film shoots and other commitments, the actress said that she hardly gets time off. But despite her busy schedule, Deepika makes sure she reads and also tries her hands at baking.
“I haven’t got a weekend for the past three years. But when I do get it, I like to just catch up on sleep. I also love baking and reading. Currently, I am reading the biography on Elizabeth Taylor,” she said.