Jameela Jamil answers 15 questions from famous friends

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Charithra Chandran: If you could choose one song as the theme of your life, which song would you choose?

Oh, that’s a good question. If I’m being honest, I mean Beyoncé, but it’s really just him Curb your enthusiasm TV show theme. It’s on my mind the most as I wish it was cooler, sexier and smoother. But I think it could be the South Asian Larry David.

Lilly Singh: Jameela my baby. Congratulations on joining the Marvel Universe. I saw your interview about how women are so often demonized IRL. What did you learn playing the villain on the show?

First off, Lilly, I’ve only met you once. It was early in my career in the States and we had to audition for something together. You were one of the only women I’ve auditioned with that didn’t make me feel like they were trying to compete with me. You were kind and open, even though you were much more experienced than I was. I will never forget that. Also, yours Vogue India’s cover was impressive. To your question, what did I learn about being demonized? In recent weeks, women are demonized no matter what we do. Sometimes we demonize ourselves for not loving someone back. It’s so easy for us to err on the side of society’s absurd list of all the things we’re supposed to do that men are never expected to do. I imagine playing the villain didn’t feel any different, I imagine, than playing a misunderstood good guy. Also, what I learned playing the villain on the show is that villains have more fun. I might misbehave even more than I already have.

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LS: You may agree with me when I say that media representation is improving, but we still have a long way to go. What changes do you think need to be made to bring us to a place of true inclusion?

First, we need to diversify the stories being told. I think thanks to people like Mindy [Kaling] and Priyanka [Chopra] and even I, I think this is happening. People are starting to see value in our stories. However, I would love to see more Indian sex symbols in films around the world. Our conversation of representation must now go beyond race or gender. We also need to think about disability as it is a conversation that no one ever has. In Hollywood we’ve completely erased billions of people because we’re still clinging to a kind of exclusivity that I think is really problematic. So that’s something that I hope I can also speak up for and advocate for because I think it’s very important. As a child who was very sick, and often on crutches or even in a wheelchair, it was something I looked forward to seeing. Having also been South Asian and not being represented, I remember how bad it made me feel about myself and how much it made me resent my culture as a child, which is so sad. It is important that when we talk about including people, we talk about including everyone.

Poorna Jagannathan: If you recently ran into someone from your past who didn’t believe in you or bullied you, what did you say to them?

I haven’t had the chance, Poorna. But I’ve had so many conversations in my head alone in my room about what I would say and I’m sure it’s a lot tougher and cool than what it would actually be like when I’m around these people. The closest I’ve come has been people trying to send me friend requests on Facebook, I’ve blocked them and felt really proud of myself. I haven’t had the chance yet, but I constantly fantasize about it. I’ll let you know. I’ll get you back

PJ: What is the side of you that only very close friends can see, Jameela?

Really, just my ass. As if no one had ever seen my ass. I gave everything else away and anyone who hasn’t seen my breasts will now see them in this shoot. So I really think it’s my ass.

PJ: What’s been the most unexpected interaction you’ve had with a troll? Because I know you get trolled.

At this point, I expect everything. I’m just trying to think of the last time I was shocked… It’s so fascinating that people actually feel like they hate someone they’ve never met. They’ve made up this whole fantasy persona around you even though they don’t know you at all. They don’t know who you’ve loved, what you like, what you don’t like, who you are when the camera is off… The way I see it now is that even when strangers hate me, I’m an entertainer and I am here to entertain at any cost. Whether you love watching me or hate watching me, I’m still entertaining you. You’re still not thinking about anything else that’s boring and shitty. you’re thinking of me This is why I love the Marvel character so much, because you’re supposed to hate me. I’m supposed to bother you. There’s something great about not liking everyone, because then you’re free to be yourself. As a South Asian woman, you are expected to please everyone, take care of everyone, nurture and feed, do everything for everyone and never take care of yourself. God forbid you’re selfish. “Selfish” is such a rude word. It is a word that relatives would use against us to tell us that we have done something wrong. I think it is very important for us to be more selfish as women. It would be so liberating and dangerous at the same time.

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