Actress Priyanka Chopra is not ready to be stereotyped by her beauty or her origins.
The former Miss World, who has won a huge fan following in the US since playing the lead in the American spy thriller television series Quantico since last year, says “I didn’t want to do a show that would stereotype me or put Indian people into a box. I’m a leading actress in India and I wanted to make sure I was a leading actress in whatever I did,” she said.
“I would not compromise on that,” said the star of the ABC show in which she plays an FBI agent, who is given a chance to work for the CIA.
Proud to call herself a “strong-willed feminist”, the 34-year-old actress is determined to build her career and still “have lots of babies. But there is nothing under way on that,” she told while in Paris on a visit to promote Quantico, whose second series begins in September.
“I’ve still to find the right guy. That’s important,” she laughed responding to a query about her love life.
Like her character in Quantico, Alex Parrish, who has to go into hiding to clear her name, Priyanka sticks to her guns.
She has turned down roles in Britain because she was “always asked to play the stereotype of an Indian.”
The spy show’s international success is changing all that. And she has absolutely no intention to turn her back on her homeland despite her US success. She works there as a UNICEF ambassador and for the UN’s Girls Up campaign, and her own foundation run by her mother supports underprivileged girls across India. – CINEWS