Aishwarya never dreamed of being an actress, model or any of the things she is today. So ages 18-21 onward was when it all began for her aside from the modelling assignments she did for her late professor (God rest her soul). The people who pre-viewed the show erroneously reported that Aishwarya has done nothing but toot her own horn throughout, I guess they must have missed the bits where she gave nods to India (she won the miss world title for India not for Aishwarya), the other girls in the her miss world competition whom she felt had better bodies than she did, dispelled common misconceptions about India and Indians, explained why she code-switches (the accent thing), she even admitted that Dhoom II was a mostly visual film with just a little bit of acting along the way (did you hear that Filmfare?) She had been associated with the UN for ten years before her UN-AIDS global ambassador appointment and only said yes when she could fully devote time to the cause. She said she was never interested in taking up films solely for their potential box office prospects which is evident with her repertoire. She is uncomfortable with kissing on-screen (Dhoom II was a trial that got an epic reaction) which is probably why she turned down all those Will Smith films and TROY which she actually mentioned. She didn’t even skip a beat when both her ex-boyfriends Salman Khan (thrice at that) and Vivek Oberoi were featured in her timeline, a true professional. And can I just say that her analysis of kissing in Hindi cinema was spot on, when you watch a Hollywood film, kissing is as normal as dialogue (in my humble opinion) but in a Bollywood film when things start to remotely point in the direction of any romantic physicality between the protagonists it does become a separate entity of which we (the audience) will surely discuss in-depth after watching… depending on how famous the people essaying the protagonists are/were. She discussed TROY for the first time and insinuated that she was up for the role of Helen of Troy not Breseis as commonly speculated and previously reported. Also, to the people who claim there’s nothing new here, the last time she was on Oprah this wasn’t the same conversation she was having, when she was on the Tyra Banks show, the conversation was different as well as it was on the David Letterman show and so on. Her charity work has never been discussed in-depth like this before. Nobody is so boring that nothing changes in their life or that they have no new stories to tell. By now you must all know her pedigree. Hope you enjoyed the drama, she leading a very real “NORMAL” life with her baby. Keep talking.
FYI: Per, Sir Frost’s final question, Abhishek has done more films than Aishwarya, she has done 41 and he has done 59 including guest appearances and the stuff that is in preproduction as of the time of this interview, which was an excellent interview might I add.