Details emerge from Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ interview with Oprah Winfrey

BizAsia Correspondent



Following the preview of the exciting guest list in Oprah Winfrey’s all-new ‘Super Soul’ series, discovery+, India’s first aggregated real-life entertainment streaming app has today dropped an exclusive promo of her intimate conversation with our very own, homegrown global superstar, Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

To Oprah’s question on why she decided to write a memoir (Unfinished) at a very young age which is already a New York Time bestseller and whether it was all that COVID time that led her to do so, she said, “I have to say a little bit of it had to do with that, but I had committed to writing the book in 2018, and in between all those flights and the little time I would get in all the hotel rooms that I would live I could just never write. But I had this time because of COVID and that helped me really delve deep.”

“And honestly, I also feel like I, as a woman in a little bit more of a secure place, where I felt like I could leave behind the insecurities of my twenties and not worry about the things that used to scare me before, as much. I have a little but more confidence in myself, in what I bring to the table professionally, personally. So, I think that really helped me address my life and I just always wanted to write a book. And I thought the easiest way to do it would be to write about my life,” explained Priyanka, who at the end chuckled by adding, “it wasn’t”.

On her fairytale love story with Nick Jonas, Oprah Winfrey mentioned that in her book it mentions, that Priyanka thinks her mom “dreamed him up”, to which Priyanka echoed Oprah’s words that she was definitely “swept-ed” off her feet. She added on by saying that, “ I may have judged the book by the cover. I didn’t honestly take it very seriously when he was texting me. I was 35. I was, like, I want to get married. I want to have kids. He’s, you know, in his 20s. I don’t know that’s something he’d want to do. Like I did that to myself for a while. Till I actually went out with him. And nothing surprised me more than him. He’s such a self-assured man. So sensible. So excited about my achievements. My dreams. You know, such a true partnership that he offers me in — in everything that we do together. That I truly believe that my mom manifested him.”

Oprah discussed with Priyanka that reading her book made her reflect on her own trips to India saying that “One of the things that was so powerful is the spiritual energy there. The sense of connectedness between people and prayer” adding that “its all so present”. She asks Priyanka whether she had a spiritual foundation growing up, to which she said, “I think in India its hard not to, you’re right – with the swirling number of religions that we have that live within the country as well. I grew up in a convent school – when I went to school I was aware of Christianity, my dad used to sing in a mosque, (so) I was aware of Islam, I grew up in a Hindu family I was aware of that. So, spirituality is such a large part of India that you can’t ignore it”

Talking about her family life she adds on, “Also my family really believed in having a higher power and having a sense of faith. This is again something my dad used to tell me, he was like basically religion is all a way to get to a supreme power and every religion has a different face to the same direction where we’re going – whatever your face is, whatever your version of that is.”

The interview premieres on the discovery+ App on Saturday 20th March.