Ileana D'Cruz: I don't consider myself to be a star

Ileana D'Cruz has been acting in films since 2006 and has starred in Bollywood films like 'Barfi!', 'Phata Poster Nikhla Hero', 'Main Tera Hero', 'Happy Ending', 'Rustom', 'Mubarakan' and 'Baadshaho'. Photograph:( DNA )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Dec 20, 2017, 02.22 PM (IST)

Actress Ileana D'Cruz has been working in films for 11 years now and she still doesn't consider herself to be a "so-called personality or a star". 

This year in September, the actress shot a video in which she opened up about the struggles of dealing with body dysmorphic disorder for 15 years. 

Talking about showing that face in public and owning up to a disorder as an actress, Illeana told IANS, "I don't personally look at myself as a 'so-called personality, a star or a celebrity'. First and foremost, I am a normal human being like everyone else. For me, it was just opening up about issues that people don't talk about that often." 

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With an aim of bringing "more awareness", the actress said, "I didn't look at it from this perspective that I'm an actor and it will be harder. I just wanted to talk about it thinking if I could help someone." 

She emphasized, in her interview, on the need to addressing these problems and said, "Talking about it, opening up about it and sharing what you are going through obviously will help. But the eventual changes can only come from within you. It's a long process."

"It's not easy but for me, it was all about saying that 'You can get there, you can get to the other end and you can get out of it if not ducking forever. You will get out of it'," she added. 

Ileana, before entering Bollywood starred in Tamil and Telugu films.

She made her Bollywood debut in Anurag Basu's movie "Barfi!". She has, since then, starred in films such as "Phata Poster Nikhla Hero", "Main Tera Hero", "Happy Ending", "Rustom", "Mubarakan" and "Baadshaho".

Talking about films, Illeana said, "I feel like no film is the same experience. I love that I get to learn something new with every single film that I do. It's a great job - in total, it's been 11 years for me that I've been working and I have loved it. I can't wait for even more years to come along."

According to her interview with IANS, she has no regrets. She said, "Not really! I think if I had any regrets, I wouldn't be where I am today. Mistakes that you make, shape you as a person that you are today and I'm happy with whatever I did" and added that all her mistakes have made her "stronger" and "a better person".