Naomi Scott speaks about dealing with painful eczema in a new interview with Teen Vogue.
Scott, 26, has a message for fans struggling with a similar condition: I’ve got your back.
The actress tells the mag, “I hear you. It’s not nice. You know those days where you want to stay in bed, where you can’t move your neck because it’s so sore – I’m with you.”
“I guarantee you, the more you own it, the more you feel confident… This is something I wanted to speak on specifically for this interview because for Teen Vogue, for me, has a real ‘no BS’ honesty thing.
“If I, out of all people, am honest about my imperfections, then I might just make… I think of a 14-year-old girl and [how] it could make her feel just that bit better: ‘Oh, she has it and she plays Jasmine [in “Aladdin”].’”
Scott also talks about her multiracial background in the candid interview and how it confused Hollywood.
The star was born in Hounslow, London, but her mother, Usha, was born in Uganda of Indian descent before moving to England at a young age.
“There’s a thing of someone [being] like… ‘She’s not white, she’s not Black, she’s not Latina, what is she?’ There were definitely a few leads that I went for where I think, ultimately, I was maybe the other choice, the ‘exotic’ choice, or the ‘other’.”
Nevertheless she appreciates her identity: “Don’t get me wrong, there were moments growing up where you’re like, ‘Oh, I don’t really feel Indian enough.’ But now I’m at a place where I’m like, ‘You know what, it’s OK.’
“It doesn’t make me any less Indian, or any less half-Indian. My two favourite meals — one is my mum’s curry and one being a roast dinner. And that is me in a nutshell.”