The 27 year old model and actress Elarica Johnson is best known for her role as waitress serving Harry in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. And now she’ll be hosting pop star Justin Bieber’s maiden concert in India. Talking to HT Cafe about India and Bollywood she said, “I’ve always wanted to go to India, so I can hardly contain my excitement for this trip. I hope to see and explore as much of the history and culture as possible, hang out with friends, and do a lot of shopping.”
Her first stint with India and Bollywood was at the age of seven when she watched the classic Mughal-e-Azam. Talking about it, she said, “My friend Chandni made me watch Bollywood films with her all the time. Also Lagaan (2001; starring Aamir Khan) was a huge favourite of mine, along with My Name Is Khan (2010), which had my favourite male Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan. I’m also a very big fan of Priyanka Chopra and Jacqueline Fernandez.”
She also talked about the time she met Priyanka Chopra in London. Reveals Elarica, “She told me about her home and how often she gets to go back, considering her busy schedule. We met at a dinner in London. She truly is one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever met, a down-to-earth individual. I don’t know whether it will be possible to meet her when I am in India, because I think she is far too busy! But it would be lovely to see her again.”
Finally when asked about working in Bollywood films, she said, “There are so many amazing directors in Bollywood and I’d be excited to work with any one of them. Karan Johar did a great job with My Name Is Khan and it would be amazing to work with him. And with Imtiaz Ali, too, as I enjoyed watching Tamasha (2015). Also, Varun Bahl, Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani and Masaba Gupta are all spectacular designers with an eye for stunning fashion.