I am a big fan of Meryl Streep.

Though born in Los Angeles, U.S.A., I am a typical Tamil girl.

Direction and all is not my cup of tea. It's not an easy job.

I loved Vidya Balan's performance in 'The Dirty Picture' and 'Kahaani.'

I feel lucky, and I have to thank my writers, directors, and producers for giving me great parts to play on screen.

I never decide or plan things.

I have always told my daughters not to be dependent on anyone in any capacity.

I was a good student. For a while, my parents did make me cope with school and films simultaneously. But after a point, this wasn't practical. I had to choose between studies and films. I chose films.

What you feel inside reflects on your face. So be happy and positive all the time.

I have never felt the need to get agitated or hyper about anything in life.

After marriage, every woman wants to settle down and have children. I have no regrets. I was occupied in my little world, enjoying each and every experience that came my way.

My approach to selecting a film is very simple - it should touch my heart.

Being a mother is the most beautiful thing happened to me. I am enjoying every bit of it.

I play roles now that suit my age.

I don't want to be a glamour doll. I want roles which provide me the scope to perform.

I don't remember doing more than one take for a film.

As an actor, you keep learning. There's no end to it.

Irrespective of which part of the world you live, family is special, and we'd do anything to protect our loved ones.

You can never get used to success. Every time, it is a new thing. Every time, you feel different.

I snack on sauteed peanuts, a whole fruit, lots of cheese - especially goat cheese - with multi-grain crackers and dark chocolate. These are my weaknesses. I make it a point to eat every two hours.

I've been working since I was four. My life has only been about shootings, studios, and home.

Include ample fruits and vegetables in your diet and no fried or oily food.

Exercise, yoga, and systematic life definitely helps you, but basically, you have to be happy.

I have not done much as an actor. There is no end for an artist, and my best is yet to come.

'English Vinglish' has given me so much respect. I am really thankful to director Gauri Shinde and her husband R. Balki. They blindly believed in me.

I am lucky I have him. After my parents passed away, Boneyji has been my father, mother, and husband.

I am in awe of Hrithik Roshan. He is so fabulous. He is like an all-rounder. I think he deserves to be in a Hollywood film.

I think the first take is best, as you are spontaneous, and after that, it becomes a mechanical thing. I don't believe in second take at all.

I have been passionate about cinema from my childhood.

I am thankful to my fans and producers that I am on my toes all the time to do better. The day you feel you have achieved it all or you are something, then you are gone, and that thought never came to me.

In my career, many a times I was not able to be part of many films, and there were many reasons for them. But I don't know why people still talk only about why I didn't do 'Bahubali 1' and '2.'

For me, the first thing is script. When I heard 'Mom''s script, it really touched me and moved me. I felt really nice about the story. That's the reason I did the movie.

I'm concerned about my children being so much in the media.

I started working since I was four years old. All I remember is I wanted to become a star.

I love to paint.

I never thought I will ever get back into films when I took that break. 'English Vinglish' just happened.

I wouldn't want to change anything about my career.

When the audience expects you to do a good job, you become more choosy. It becomes a responsibility.

My father was a lawyer. I was fascinated to become a lawyer, too.

All the films that I did, I didn't plan them. They just came to me.

When I look back, I think I could have done this scene or that better. I am not satisfied with my work at all. I think I could have done better. I am never satisfied.

Listen to your parents; respect them. They are well wishers.

I am glad that I am in a position to select scripts I would be comfortable working in.

For me, stardom is feeling happiness and being positive.

It's all about the script. I don't want to do something which makes me feel uncomfortable. It should suit my image and age.

I still approach every film and role like it's my first.

The work should talk.

Lunch, for me, usually consists of lots of salad and sometimes smoked or grilled salmon, tofu, or feta cheese. I make sure to add a lot of greens to my salad. I accompany this with some dal.

Oil your hair and take a head massage as often as possible for better blood circulation.