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5 Things You Need to Know about 'xXx' Star Deepika Padukone

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5 Things You Need to Know about 'xXx' Star Deepika Padukone

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Deepika Padukone is a style icon and famous Indian actress who draws insane crowds in some parts of the world.

But in Los Angeles, it's admittedly a little easier for her to walk around without being recognized, though that's starting to change now with her role in the action sequel "xXx: Return of Xander Cage." "That's the power of the movies," says Padukone, 31, who has a Kardashian-esque social following (17.1million on Twitter, 33million on Facebook). "They are so global, and it puts you in touch with so many people."

In her first American action film, Padukone stars as Serena Unger, a knife-throwing huntress and former love interest of bad- boy athlete-turned-spy Xander Cage (Vin Diesel). She's recruited to join Cage's posse of thrill seekers working to keep a deadly rival (Donnie Yen) from snagging a weapon that can control military satellites.

Here are five things to know about Padukone:

She tried to work with Diesel in 'Furious 7'

Wanting to challenge herself, Padukone auditioned with Diesel for 2015's "Furious 7." "I was looking forward to being in something with a much wider audience. I need to push myself," she says. That film didn't work out, but once she was on set with the actor in "xXx," she fell for Diesel's spirit and attitude. "He's so genuine and so real and so himself. He's always out there to make people happy."

She fosters a 'safety first' mentality

One of her favorite action sequences in "xXx" is a gun battle alongside co-star Ruby Rose that was choreographed like a ballet dance. "I don't think I've seen anything like that in the movies before," says Padukone. But she never took being safe for granted. …

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