A cut above the rest

Priyanka Chopra talks about the latest season of Quantico, her Hollywood debut Baywatch and breaking barriers.

Priyanka Chopra, in a short span of time, has managed to achieve a lot more than several of her Bollywood contemporaries. In an interview with us, Priyanka talks about Hollywood, Quantico and more.

What can fans expect in the second season of Quantico?
There is a lot happening post the winter break. It’s leading to something very big. Alex has gone through a lot in this season and is put through situations that make her question her relationships, beliefs, feelings and more. She will continue to fight and never give up.

What do you enjoy better — movies or series?
I enjoy both equally. They are very different mediums for me as an actor, each with its own set of triumphs and challenges. Films are more languid — an indulgent process of creation, while TV is hectic with harsh deadlines. Each has its own process and I’ve come to love both.

You are the only Indian woman to be leading a western TV series. Is it daunting?
I think of myself as an actor and I go where my work takes me. Being the first was never the intention. It was doing something that challenged me personally and this was an exciting opportunity, which I could pursue on my own terms. I’ve got miles to go before I sleep — and hopefully will be doing much more of this going forward.

Why do you think there is a lack in representation on TV and movies?
I think it all has to do with stereotypes. Traditionally, Indian or Indian origin actors were cast in stereotypical roles, and many turned those down, which meant you saw less of those faces on TV and in films. I think things are changing globally and both film and TV have such exciting stories to be told that everyone has an opportunity. Also, the world is changing — the girl/boy next door now could be from any part of the world, so the acceptance of ethnicity in mainstream roles is no longer shocking or strange. If we have creators who are willing to tell different stories from different perspectives and executives and studios ready to back those stories, the lines of diversity and representation will change.

How has the experience been filming Baywatch?
It’s the Rock, Zac and Baywatch — a combination that spells dynamite! I had a great time playing a baddie. I just let myself get into the skin of being evil, yet sexy and the smart Victoria Leeds.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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