To have two huge offers lined up even before the debut, is stuff stars are made of. Looks like Catherine Tresa’s headed for big time in Sandalwood what with two big films, Shankar IPS with Duniya Vijay and another yet to be titled film opposite Sudeep, awaiting release.
And Catherine knows for sure where she has headed. “I have done my homework before entering the Kannada film industry. I don’t want to be part of any rat race but want to do good cinema and carve a niche for myself,” she told Metrolife.
Catherine traversed the world, most of the glam world, before she dropped anchor in Sandalwood. Among the runners-up at the Miss India pageant last year, she “was stamped as the most beautiful body at the pageant,” she recalls. So, was she disappointed that she didn’t make it? “Oh, yes I was. But looking back I think all that happened for the good. It was only after the pageant that I got so many offers and started modelling. But being an actress has always been a dream,” she avers.
In her debut vehicle Shankar IPS, Catherine plays a girl from a middle-class family who strays into modelling. This girl seeks financial assistance and soon the money lenders get after her and attack her. “It’s a glamourous role in the beginning but all that glamour begins to fade into a more ugly but meaningful one as the movie unwinds,” she says.
In the movie opposite Sudeep, a remake of Tamil film Swamy, she plays “a beautiful, innocent girl who falls in love with a cop. I think I’ve carried it off pretty well.”
Born and brought up in Dubai, Catherine is now based in the City. Though umpteen offers have been pouring her way — from the Kannada, Tamil and Telugu industries, she seems content with Kannada for now.
Catherine says she would always like to step into roles like the one in Damini, Black and Dostana.
Showing skin is an integral part of popularity nowadays. So Catherine must be used to it by now? “It works like this. When you are on the ramp you are like a hanger where you are paid to wear clothes and showcase what the designer has in mind. People look at the clothes and not the body. If I can wear a bikini and model for the pageant, I don’t see anything wrong in exposing a bit of my skin if the script warrants it,” she