BEHIND THE MAKEUP WITH Â USHNA SHAH
Bubbly Ushna Shah chats with Fatima Sheikh
What is your star sign?
I’m as Aquarian as one gets.
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
Dogs all the way!
Who is Ushna Shah off camera?
She is someone who loves her family and friends, adores her dogs more than anything and is mostly at home.
What is the proudest you have been in terms of your career?
When of my favourite all time writers Mohommad Ahmad called me after watching snippets of my film and told me he’s proud of me, as if I were his daughter. I love his work so to hear this from him was overwhelming.
If you were not an actress what would you have been?
A writer or a director
Any latest projects we should be excited about?
I’m not allowed to say yet, but we should definitely be excited.
If you had a super power what would it be and why?
To fly–I often have dreams that I can fly and they’re amazing. I’m always disappointed when I wake up afterwards.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
On a yacht in St.Tropez in a cloud of smoke listening to Notorious B.I.G. But that’s what I said five years ago also.
The biggest regret about life and your career?
My only regret is the people I may have hurt in my life as I’m a strong believer in karma. Aside from that I consider everything to be a lesson, so have no regrets.
Movies or books?
Favourite cartoon character and why?
Scooby-Doo. The mystery machine was always full of smoke and he always had the munchies.
Two things you want to keep and change about yourself?
I’d like to remain real, that’s very important to me and I make it a point to not let my work phase me. I’d like to change my impatience, it’s a big problem.
Favourite book, movie, series and sport?
Favorite book right now is the God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, favourite movie is the Devil’s Advocate, favorite series is probably Narcos and does dance count as a sport? I do like to watch basketball when I get the chance.
Favourite vacation spot?
If you had a chance to pick a celebrity to have dinner with who would it be and why?
Hillary Clinton, because i have a bone to pick with her.
Do you wish to play diverse roles in upcoming projectsÂ or you are fine with the “girl next door”Â image?
I have a girl next door image? That’s it, no more crying.
Who is your inspiration?
All strong resilient people who have overcome odds. For acting specifically I love Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter and Tilda Swinton.
Favourite street style look?
My hoodie and sweatpants
Coffee or chai?
What are your Sundays like?
A good Sunday will be spent sleeping in only to be woken up by my dogs, then I watch TV and binge eat (if it’s a good Sunday).
Jaguar F type or XE in botanical green
A weird habit your fans are unaware about?
I have to eat in front of the TV. I prefer it over dinner conversation
“The Show Must Go On.”