Popular TV actress Reem Shaikh, who is currently garnering praises for her portrayal in Tujhse Hai Raabta, has started her acting career at the age of six. While now she is enjoying her work, there was a time where she used to face rejections for being chubby and was out of work for two years because of that. Talking about her two years of gap, she told E Times, "I have always been frank about this. The two years gap that I took after Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat, I didn’t take it willingly. It was a break because I was genuinely not getting work. I would go for auditions, and in those 2 years I think I have signed over 12 contracts and done so many mock tests, pilots and even promos. But it just wasn’t working out. Things would get shut or I would get replaced due to age issue and I was also chubby that time. Two years, I did not get work."
She added, "I did have body image issues and I realised it is affecting my work. It is affecting something I live for. Being an actress has been my ultimate and only dream. So if being chubby was getting in my work, then I was ready to get ready for it. I got many casting directors’ feedback, ‘See you are not looking fit for screen, because on-screen you tend to look 20% more of what you are’. I worked my a** out. It’s been two and half years I haven’t had roti because I started gluten-free diet. Sunday is the only day I would cheat and have pizza or a burger maybe."
The actress also revealed that she is quite an old school when it comes to social media as she asserted, "I am little old school. I have never really bothered about the number of followers I have had on social media. I don’t care about likes or comments. I have never been in the race of followers. I love to click pictures. Even though sometimes I get pressurized to do this and that type of content to gain more followers but I never seem to agree with them."
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