Lisa Ray still haunted by the fact that she became a sex symbol at 16
Model-turned-actress Lisa Ray became an overnight sensation after she appeared in an advertisement and a music video. The 47-year-old recently launched her memoir Close To The Bone. She said that the book gives a glimpse into her journey right from the beginning of her fame.
In a recent conversation with a news agency, the Indo-Canadian opened up about how being known as a sex symbol at the age of 16 has made life difficult for her.
"I hate to be labelled and put into boxes but I had to deal with it since a young age because I was a sex symbol at the age of 16. It was completely unanticipated. To suddenly become this figure for an entire nation and on top of that, to look much older, that has haunted me my entire life up until now," she said.
Lisa, who is also a cancer survivor said that she hopes that people will understand her better after reading about her journey.
"A lot of people will understand how I have this ambivalent relationship with my career, how I am an accidental actress, how I always had one foot in and one foot out of it and how I believe that I have been underestimated only because of the way I look. Although, I don't believe they shouldn't be at odds with each other. I understood at a very young age - I was 16 then - that all the aspects that you call success -- name, fame and money -- they don't solve the questions of the soul. So, my ambitions became different. My goal wasn't to become famous. That explains a lot of my choices, all the projects I said no to because I really understood that my answers were not waiting at the end of it," she shared.