Priyanka: “I didn’t want to do anything that would get me stereotyped”


Priyanka Chopra is definitely flying high, with the success of her American TV Show ‘Quantico’ and her debut in Hollywood with the recently released ‘Baywatch’ (2017). Catching up with the media, Chopra spoke about her expectations of being from India, and ensuring she doesn’t get type-cast into roles.

As Times of India reports, the actress expressing, “For me choosing it as my Hollywood debut, I was clear that I didn’t want to do anything that would get me stereotyped. I knew that whatever work I do — big or small — just like my career in India, I would choose something that broke the mould a little bit.”

She went on to add, “For example, what I did in ‘Kaminey’ (2009). I just had eight scenes, but it broke the stereotype of the girl’s role in a boy’s film. In ‘Baywatch’, the role was written for a man and the film was supposed to feature a male villain. It’s high time that in films, women play central and empowered parts. To me, that was the most exciting bit. I get to take on Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Zac Efron and all the lifeguards. It was an interesting way of introducing myself in mainstream American cinema. That was the idea behind choosing this film.”

Despite her growing fandom in the West, Chopra is sure that she stays grounded to the things she believes in when it comes to her work. “I am realistic about these things. I am not someone who expects my first film in Hollywood to catapult me into becoming the biggest star in the country. Talking about leveraging my position, I experienced an incredible welcome even before Baywatch’ — whether it was presenting at the most prestigious award shows, gracing the covers of innumerable magazines or being on talk shows. All this happened because of ‘Quantico’,” she expressed.

Chopra has always expressed that she will never leave the Indian film industry. Sticking to this, when asked about her future projects, the actress revealed how she’s keeping her options open. “I don’t know. My TV show has been picked for a shorter season because I really want to do both films and TV. Earlier, I wasn’t able to do too many films. I shot for ‘Bajirao Mastani’ (2016) and ‘Baywatch’ while working on ‘Quantico’. Now, with a shorter season which will last only four or five months, I will be able to take on more films. I am in talks for film projects in America and India. I know I am coming back to India for my father’s barsi. I will be home for about a week. I don’t have roots, only wings. I live on a plane. But you know what, I am okay with that,” she revealed.

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