Sunny Leone, a name that has become synonymous to transformation and the breaker of stereotypes. The valiant and beautiful, Sunny has made a mark in the industry and continues to inspire many. In a fun-filled conversation with Smriti Raizada, Sunny reveals never heard before secrets about her life after kids and how she came about the idea of her biopic.
Ex: Hi, Sunny! Can you tell us about that one moment when you knew life was going to turn around?
SL: I have never thought my life was something I needed to turn around. I believe that everything that happens in your life, your career and personally; they all are stepping stones to something different to move upwards. I think that if you’re in the entertainment industry, you have to be able to spread your wings and have to be able to be past just films or just TV or just photo shoots. It’s a full circle and it’s important for myself, my company, my husband and everybody who works on our team that we are always evolving. So, I don’t really see any one moment that I can call life-altering because every day brings something new.
Ex: The digital world already ensures that the privacy of known personalities is restricted. How did you decide to take the bold move of coming up with your biopic, Karenjit Kaur – The Untold Story of Sunny Leone?
SL: I would love to take credit for the biopic of my life but I can’t, it wasn’t my idea. I wasn’t even keen on doing it at first, this was not the direction I wanted to head. Everybody’s life has skeletons in the closet, everybody has bad things that have happened to them, things they don’t want to experience again and my life is no different. What I can tell you though is the reason I said yes; I think what I found interesting is that they wanted more than what people are expecting to see, which is material on the adult entertainment industry. They approached me because they want to know how my family was, funny things that have happened in my life and how my relationship was with my father, mother and brother and all those unique stories. I don’t think that there are particular things in my life story that somebody hasn’t gone through, it’s just that I had to put it on TV.
Ex: Talking about social media, what do you think is your responsibility as an influencer?
SL: Changing opinions of the masses? I don’t believe that can be done. I believe in the idea of changing one person’s mind at a time. If I change one person’s perception or one person’s idea of who I am or who they think I am, then I feel like I’ve done my job right. As far as masses go, there are like three billion people in this country. It’s very hard to change people’s minds. But for the people reading this, one thing I want to tell them is to be a good human being and be nice to each other. Stop all the crazy hate and work hard. You have to work hard for what you want and hopefully, I set that example.
Ex: One thing that raises the heat on social media is trolls. How do you deal with them and what advice would you give to people facing any form of cyber bullying?
SL: Each person has a different way of working on social media. For me, I see it as a tool and a vehicle to have my voice heard or announce what I am doing and share things about my life because that’s a part of being an entertainer. For people out there who read everybody’s comments and get affected by it, all I want to say is, they’re not your friends! They are not people that know you. They’re not people that have dinner with you every night or help you when you have a problem. So in that same way, I believe that people should see that and say – Oh! Why am I being affected by a stranger? That stranger is hiding behind a phone or the computer. Let’s just put it this way, you’re not the only one. These trolls are probably doing a copy-paste, picking ten different people and making the same comments. How to deal with them? There’s a lovely thing called the block button. Just block them. I have a really large block list, its amazing!
Ex: Another thing heating up this summer is Mumbai. Can you tell us a few tips on how we can stay cool this time of the year?
SL: It’s only just the starting but the temperatures seem to have reached an all-time high already. I guess my plan would be to not eat fried food and keep my meals light so that I don’t feel so sluggish and down. Wear bright colors and light fabrics so that you feel good. And the most important thing to remember, antiperspirants go a long way. Deodorants are just spray-perfumes but antiperspirants are going to help you stay away from that smelly stuff. Yup, antiperspirants are a sure shot way to know that you smell fresh!
Ex: How would you describe your cool quotient?
SL: I don’t really see myself as being cool, I kinda see myself as being dorky and not that cool. People out there might think that I’m kinda cool but as you can see based on my answers, I’m a little spastic, that’s not cool. I didn’t pick my outfits, somebody else did. They even picked my shoes. So, I want to believe I’m just like everybody else out there trying to figure it out, trying to figure out how to be cool.
Ex: You’ve been a part of multiple reality shows. What has been the best part about connecting with your audience and fans?
SL: I think the best part when I’m the host of the reality show, Splitsvilla, is that I watch these people come into this show and I watch them grow and experience things. You go through all these emotions with them and at that moment, it’s just real. I don’t know how to explain that but when you’re angry, you’re angry; if you’re upset, you are really upset. On television, when you’re in close net quarters with these people that you have just met, those emotions are heightened. So, watching all that is always fairly exciting. I thoroughly enjoy watching all the crazy. It does give me a subject of conversation when it’s over [laughs].
Ex:Your cosmetic line has been doing wonders lately. Can you share with us the journey of Star Struck by Sunny Leone?
SL: I love cosmetics. I consider myself a product junkie. I have always loved the idea of finding that next thing that makes me feel good or makes my skin glow or that new makeup product that works really well for me and I know that my whole makeup routine and all the things that I use are really good. What I see out there, the mistakes that young ladies do and people just don’t know how to do their makeup so I wanted to create something for them, and I am not talking about, no offence to all the celebrities out there, but I didn’t create a makeup line for celebrities. I created it for a mom, for your everyday working woman or a college student and giving them a product that they love. And I test everything out and all of it is really top-notch high-quality makeup. I am really excited for the world to see what we are doing and how we’re expanding.
Ex: How do you Cruise your way through the day?
SL: Sweet lord! My days start very early, around 6:30 when Baby A starts crying and Baby B is still sleeping. But if Baby A cries too much then Baby B wakes up. Baby A is Asher, Baby B is Noah. From that moment on, it’s just about how I can get a cup of coffee fast enough in me before they wake up again. Our whole morning routine starts with that, which is followed by breakfast. Like today I made, banana, cinnamon, wheat, oat pancakes and they were really good (I’m very good at making pancakes!). From there it’s getting them ready, getting myself ready, I packed for Splitsvilla today. Then I went for Nisha’s school Kitty party, rushed home, washed my face and got ready to reach the shoot location on time!
Ex: An advice to all those girls and boys out there battling restrictions to make it big in ways deemed unconventional by society?
SL: To everybody out there trying to figure out who you are and what you want to do, if you are passionate about something that your family or the people around you don’t think is socially acceptable, I don’t believe in socially acceptable anything. I don’t follow social norms, I am abnormal. And I just want to tell you that it’s possible for you to follow your dreams and do things that are not socially acceptable. If you have a passion in life and if you have a dream in life and you want it, they go out and get it! Work for it and work real hard. I honestly believe that if you put 100% into what you’re doing, whether it’s in the corporate world, or in arts or in culinary or the most random things that your family is not into, go for it because eventually, the money will follow. I always believe that if you have a passion, go for it! You know the Ariana Grande song that’s just come out, ‘You want it, you got it!’, you’re going to be that person.
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- Your fashion vibe:
I’m still trying to figure out my fashion vibe! But I tend to like clothes that have straight lines and simplistic!
- A travel tech essential:
My phone and my iPad
- Your go-to Clothing brand:
- Sunny Leone’s calling in a parallel world:
I’d be working in Pediatrics
- Your favourite music app:
iTunes, I listen to it all the time!
- Your last Google search:
A 50s diner
- An unusual app on your phone:
WebMD Baby App
- If you had to describe yourself in a word/phrase:
Goofy and hardworking
- A book that impacted your life:
Thich Nhat Hanh books because it taught me to live in the now.
- Your reaction when boys younger than you hit on you:
I don’t remember the last time I was hit on! Everybody’s so scared to talk to me (laughs).