Isabelle Kaif

by Eric Chase

Bitmap: Where are you originally from?

Isabelle: Nowhere. Everywhere. I was born in France, grew up between India, England and the States. My mom would do charity work all over the world so we moved around all the time. We traveled everywhere!
Bitmap: What is your nationality?

Isabelle: People think I’m English. Which isn’t wrong, but it isn’t right either because I’m half Indian too. So I guess I’m a mutt.
Bitmap: Give us 5 words that you think best describe you.

Isabelle: Loyal. Curious. Adventurous. Sarcastic. Shy.

Bitmap: You’re a "sign" (cancer, sagitarius, libra etc), how would you describe your personality in that regard?

Isabelle: I am a Capricorn. A quadruple Capricorn. I think it makes me very determined and ambitious.
Bitmap: What are the recent projects you've worked on?

Isabelle: Dr. Cabbie, which opened last week in the States.
Bitmap: How was that like? How did you get that role?

Isabelle: It was an amazing experience. My co-star Kunal Nayyar is the best to work with, a complete prankster on set. I got the Dr. Cabbie by auditioning. I heard about the film and taped an audition in my friend’s apartment and sent it in. A few days later I got the call that they liked me and cast me.

Bitmap: What would you say is your best asset?

Isabelle: I’m good in a crisis.
Bitmap: What do others compliment you on the most?

Isabelle: I occasionally get “pretty” from strangers, but my friend compliment me for my frankness.
Bitmap: How did you get started in acting?

Isabelle: I trained as a dancer growing up and then got interested in the acting when I moved to Bombay. There is still a lot of dancing in films there and that sort of led me into acting.
Bitmap: Are you signed with an agency?

Isabelle: Yes, I am.
Bitmap: What do you enjoy most about being an actress?

Isabelle: I get to embody these different characters and do things I would never do in real life. At least there are some things we do in films that come with serious consequences in real life.
Bitmap: What do you like most: Modeling or Film?

Isabelle: Acting. I do like modeling though acting is what I am really passionate about.
Bitmap: What is the funniest thing to happen to you on a shoot?

Isabelle: This actually happened on film where I was the Assistant Director. We were shooting in a desert covered in cactus. We were doing helicopter shots and my job was to set up the shot and then hide under the nearest cactus while the helicopter flew over and by the end of the day I looked like a porcupine.

Bitmap: What are the top three things you like to shoot?

Isabelle: If I had a time machine I would like to go back in time and be in these three films. Not remake them but be in the originals. The English Patient, Elizabeth and Gone With The Wind.
Bitmap: Do you enjoy the constant attention and adoration that comes with being an actress?

Isabelle: As an actress I can’t hate it too much, but I am not a big fan of attention and I am pretty private. I do enjoy interacting with the fans. It shows me that people like what I do on some level and that validation feels good.
Bitmap: What are some of your hidden talents other than acting?

Isabelle: Dancing, being an AD (Assistant Director) and I make a pretty mean Pad Tai.
Bitmap: Where do you want your career to be in two years?

Isabelle: Working alongside people who I admire now.
Bitmap: What is the best info you can give a new talent?

Isabelle: Work, work, work. I think that’s the best advice I got.

Bitmap: As an actress, what would you say has been your biggest obstacle?

Isabelle: Shyness. I was a very shy child. Even at drama school it took me ages to get on stage for the first time. I was terrified.
Bitmap: If you had to walk away from acting today, what memory would you take from it?

Isabelle: Opening night of a play I did in New York. It was called the Savage Fontainblues and we got a standing ovation. I lived off that high for weeks.
Bitmap: If you had to walk away, what would you like to be remembered most for?

Isabelle: Ask my again in ten years.