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American actress of Indian Muslim descent, Noureen DeWulf tells NEETI SARKAR the character is important to her. Never mind if it's a supporting role

Last seen on the big screen with Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner in “The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” American actress of Indian Muslim descent, Noureen DeWulf is all set to wow audiences with her role in “The Back-up Plan” that hits theatres this weekend. The movie stars the vivacious Jennifer Lopez and “August Rush” actor Alex O'Loughlin who will be seen in the lead roles.

Ecstatic about another release, Noureen says: “The movie is an offbeat romantic comedy that deals with dating, love, marriage and pregnancy that happens backwards. It's going to be an out-and-out entertainer that has a well-explored storyline.”

Talking of her role in “The Back-up Plan”, Noureen reveals: “I play this character called Daphne who happens to be a very good friend of Zoe (JLo). Daphne is Zoe's employee at the pet store and I think my character is somewhat sassafras.”

Comic capers

Completely in awe of the “Maid in Manhattan” star, Noureen found JLo “extremely sweet and amongst the best actors to work with. I'm lucky to have landed a role in the same film as her.” The doe-eyed beauty who had a comic role to play in “Ocean's 13” says she doesn't choose only comic roles although “comedy is something I absolutely enjoy. Every comic role I've played has its own challenges and is different from the others.”

DeWulf is best known as the leading lady Fatima of the 2007 Academy Award winning film, “West Bank Story”, in which she played a singing and dancing Palestinian cashier who falls in love with an Israeli soldier. After having played protagonist in an Oscar winner film, what makes her want to do supporting roles?

“I have no qualms about playing a supporting actor because, to me, the character I play in a film is of prime importance. It isn't always about getting all the screen-space or starring opposite the hero; contentment for me comes when I enjoy what I am expected to portray.”

She adds: “Playing a supporting role in films that star top-notch Hollywood stars like Hugh Grant or Matthew McConaughey is a phenomenal experience. And I don't mind supporting significant actors!”

What does she think of Bollywood? “I watch a lot of Indian movies and it's amazing to see such talent. Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan are my favourite Bollywood actors.”

Acting anywhere

Does she think she'd have been an actor were she in India? “I'd have been an actor anywhere! But of course, since I'm used to and have trained in the Hollywood style of acting, I just about appreciate the energy and effort that goes into the innumerable dance sequences,” she quips.

On the small screen, DeWulf is a lead in Lifetime's latest and highest viewed miniseries, “Maneater.” She has also been seen recurring as a guest on the hit TV show “90210.” She has guest-starred on television dramas such as “CSI: NY,” “Numbers,” and “Chuck.” About which she prefers between film and TV, Noureen explains: “I can't choose one over the other. At the end of the day, it boils down to the character I'm playing. So while a film once shot lasts forever and one doesn't have to deal with the same character again, TV dramas are fast paced and are unpredictable in terms of the storyline.”

After “The Back-up Plan”, Noureen has “Taqwacores” coming up which will premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival.