Alia Bhatt: Little Miss
We caught up with the adorable actress and spoke about everything but presidents
There’s something about Alia that’s endearing. She’s not the girl-next-door and makes no attempt at pretend humility. But something about her unrehearsed, not-thought-through answers is refreshing, even if they got her meme-level infamy. Unfortunate gaffes aside, Alia Bhatt is young, headstrong and pretty – and the perfect MNY girl. We caught her during lunch break for a quick chat:
ELLE: What’s the best part of being the face of Maybelline New York?
Alia Bhatt: The fact that I really relate to the brand, so whatever product I endorse, I actually believe in. Plus, you get all these free goodies! I know that whenever I’m doing a Maybelline New York campaign, I’m going to look good. And it’s always nice to look glamorous and beautiful.
ELLE: What’s your personal make-up style?
AB: The one rule that I always go by is ‘less is more’. Not in terms of how much you use, but just sticking to one thing at a time. I make sure that the entire look is balanced; if I’m doing something interesting with my eyes then I make sure that my lips and the outfit I wear go with it. It can’t be all different colours; brown nails, pink mouth, purple outfit and black smoky eye – that would be a bit much.
ELLE: So you’d match your lips and nails?
AB: Yeah, why not. But you have to break it in some way, maybe with your shoes. I do feel you shouldn’t overthink a look. People can tell when you’re trying too hard.
ELLE: Would you do something crazy – like shaving your head – for a movie if necessary?
AB: That’s a very good question, but I’ve never been able to answer it. I love my hair.
ELLE: But hair grows back…
AB: (Considers it, then catches her hairstylist shaking her head furiously) My hairstylist disagrees! No, I don’t think I will. I mean, never say never, but it’ll be a big decision. Like, it’ll be as big as asking me to… (thinks for a moment) I can’t think of a statement to go with that. I really love my hair, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to do that.
ELLE: Or maybe shave your eyebrows.
AB: No! I would never do that. I mean, why! There’s make-up and Photoshop for that.
ELLE: Where do you go to get your haircuts? Do you have a favourite salon?
AB: I don’t really go to salons. Everybody just comes to me! I don’t mean to sound too bratty, but I just never have to go.
ELLE: If you had to binge on your diet right now, what would you eat?
AB: To be honest, it’s been a while since I really wanted to binge because I’m so satisfied with the meals that I’m having. But off the top of my head, I’m a big aloo fan, so anything with potatoes – it can be chips or French fries. Honestly, right now, I’m not in a bingeing headspace.
ELLE: As a celebrity, do you feel the pressure to have make-up on and look good all the time? Even if you’re, say, at the gym.
AB: There is pressure, but I don’t really give in to it that much because I dress for myself. I think people like the fact that you look normal and tired sometimes, instead of glamorous. People connect to that and I feel like that’s something that makes you more real.