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'I Fell In Love When I Was 18'

Nithya Menen had no plans of becoming an actress, but director Nandini Reddy convinced her to get in front of the camera rather than behind. Today with over 35 films to her credit, Menen, 27, is being hailed as one of the best actresses in the south.

However, she's at loss of words when talking about the process of acting.

"I'm often asked how I portray the roles I play so convincingly and express so much through my eyes. Quite frankly, I don't know how to explain that. I guess it's about who I'm as a person; I radiate it through my eyes. I draw inspiration from everything I've seen and been through. My life has been my biggest teacher."

As far as portraying romance on-screen goes, the actress confesses to draw from her personal experience of being in love.

"I fell in love when I was 18. That's probably why I know what it likes to be in love and I can express it in a better way," she says in a matter-of-fact manner, pausing briefly.

So, what happened? "Let's not get into all that. It happened a long time ago when I was in college. I'm single and happy right now (laughs)."

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