After having made a name for herself down south, Ileana D’Cruz made a glorious debut in Bollywood with 2012’s most loved film Barfi! With those drop-dead gorgeous looks and immaculate performance, she instantly won accolades and our hearts! Ever since, she’s constantly made her presence felt in the industry by doing films that she believed in and living life on her own terms. Her friends vouch for her and her fans cannot get enough of her! So, on the occasion of her 30th birthday, here’s a quick lowdown of some of the least known facts about the actress.

1. Ileana has struggled with depression and body dysmorphic disorder!

The actress has opened up about her tryst with depression in her recent interviews. Ever since she stepped into her teens, she was teased and body shamed for having a ‘disproportionate body’. Ileana talked about her harrowing experience and how coming to terms with these issues was a dreadful task.

2. The beautiful lady loves Christian Louboutin and we can’t blame her!

This does not need any explanation. Ileana’s favourite designer happens to be the French footwear designer Christian Louboutin and we dare you to name one woman who wouldn’t be in love with Louboutins!

3. Cooking brings her respite and peace!

All her friends who’ve had the golden opportunity to have a meal made by her, can’t stop praising her culinary skills! We can only begin to imagine because the dish in the picture itself has got us salivating!

4. She has a fetish for mouth fresheners!

Oh Yes! Ileana carries a bunch and a variety of mouth fresheners in her bag. She can’t let go off of them even while she’s giving interviews. She believes it’s always better to have a minty and fresh breath than a bad one and wouldn’t disagree!

5. She took 3 months time to think before she signed Barfi!

Apparently Barfi! wasn’t the kind of debut she’d visualized for herself and hence, she took time to contemplate on whether she must take her chances. We are sure she’s glad that she did because so are we!

Barfi! ❤️

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6. She’s a die-hard fan of the Hollywood series Big Little Lies!

Hi5 girl!

#tb to when I did this gorgeous shoot…gotta love tulle skirts! 😍

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7. Her father’s a Catholic and mother’s a Muslim

Ileana has been brought up by a liberal set of parents. Her parents fell in love and they didn’t let the societal barriers stand in the way of their relationship!

Here’s wishing Ileana a very happy birthday! Rish, shine and keep charming us by just being who you are!

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