Priyanka Chopra's journey has been a roller-coaster ride. She struggled to fame and is now an International star. The actress, who shot to international fame with American TV Show ‘Quantico’, said that it wasn’t an easy journey.
"It was scary, but an organic experience. I was asked by my manager to make music with Jimmy Iovine and that’s how I went to America. People there responded to me in a very casual ‘you are my friend’ tone, so I felt I was relatable to them. When I went to parties like that of the Grammy’s, people asked me why I was not working in America and that made me think about it. The opportunity to be a part of television came to me at a party. The VP of casting at an American commercial broadcast television network asked if I would want to do TV. I told her that TV is a six-year commitment and that I have never done it before. She then flew down to India to talk to me," said Priyanka Chopra.
"Whenever you saw Indians on mainstream global entertainment platforms, you always saw them being put in a box – either they would be nerds or a big fat Punjabi family. Why should our ethnicity define the role that we play? The only thing I told the TV network was not to come to me with a show that showcases ‘my big fat Punjabi wedding’, I won’t do it. They came to me with 26 scripts and I chose to play an FBI agent who happened to be half-Indian," she added.
After she became a part of the show, there was a discussion if the name of her character should be changed.
“I had an Indian assistant whose name was Jennifer, so I told the team that they were again stereotyping me. They had given me a character and it was my job now to convince the world that I am that person. Every Sunday, I had to convince America that I was an American,” she said.
Priyanka Chopra said that she adored the character of Alex Parish.
“She was an unapologetic modern woman who lives her life on her own terms. She is extremely flawed, she is a loner and she uses people. Basically, she is playing a man and that’s awesome, as girls don’t get to play that," she said.
Priyanka's first Hollywood film, Baywatch, didn't do well at the box office.
"I don’t know many actresses who have got a chance to play a character like that in a mainstream American movie. Reviews spoke very well of me. I don’t think it was a bad decision, my dad is not sitting in Hollywood saying ‘oh, let me make a film for you’. I have to choose from what I get as a new actor and I am building opportunities for myself. I thought going toe to toe with Dwayne Johnson, which most guys don’t end up doing, was great. The only thing I missed was not getting to wear the iconic swimsuit," she concluded.
Priyanka returned to India to start shooting for her next project, The Sky is Pink. She stars opposite Farhan Akhtar in the film that is based on Ayesha Chaudhary’s life.