#GIRLTALK with actress Priyanka Chopra star of hit show Quantico on ABC
Priyanka Chopra, Indian film actress with a diverse background as a singer, performer, and actress can be seen in several Bollywood blockbusters and most recently plays the lead on the new ABC television series, Quantico. This starlet was deservingly awarded the title of 'Miss World in 2000.' Chopra is recognized for her philanthropic activities and was appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights in 2010. Chopra has advocated for a multitude of causes including girls' education, women empowerment, and women's rights, and is particularly vocal about other women's issues, including safety, and gender equality.
With all eyes on this beauty, we get up close and personal and have #girltalk! Cocktails, anyone?
Outside of your acting career/singing career, how do you feel you have exemplified style in your daily life?
Before anything else, I think the most important thing is to be confident rather than stylish. To have a sense of what your mood is for the day and how you’re feeling. You have to be really comfortable in the clothes that you wear. You have to be able to look for something new, something that no one has ever done before. The best thing to wear, no matter what your mood is, is confidence. I wear my confidence the best.
Although you have been acting for many years, when you perform do you still get nervous or anxious? When was the last time you performed and how did you deal with it?
Yes, with live performances, I get extremely nervous and scared because it’s over in ten or fifteen minutes, so it's only one moment to give it your all. Whereas with a movie, you have more time, usually six months, and with music you also have a couple of months. So, it’s super scary and there is little room for error when everything is live. The energy is heightened, the adrenaline is pumping, your nerves are bursting all the while, you’re trying to remember everything you’ve learned. I think the only way to get over it is to remember that whatever you do for that moment is for a lifetime. Whether it is for a movie, television show or a music video, between action and cut, or whether it's when you walk out of your door, every moment is permanent and once it is gone it is never coming back.
Let's talk about the B.Word, "bullying"! Have you ever been bullied, what would you say to someone that's having a hard time right now.
Well, I was really bullied when I was in high school. Kids used to call me a brownie and told to ‘go eat my curry.’ It was pretty bad. When I was in eleventh grade my mom came to visit me and I remember saying ‘you know what, I want to go home’ because I felt alone. At the time, I was staying with my aunt and cousins. I went back home when I went to the 12th grade and the only thing I’d like to tell my bully wherever she is: look at me now. (laughs)
I always believe in forgiving your enemies and do it with a smile. Nothing pisses them off more.
What would you say are your three pet peeves when it comes to your career or life?
- Lies, whether it’s at work or in my personal life. I don’t like people who do not give me credit for my intelligence. When people lie to people, they think that they can get away with it because they think the other person isn’t smart enough to understand. Whether it’s in life or the workplace, that is the one thing that pisses me off.
- I am not sure if this would be a pet peeve, but it’s really hard to witness people you care about not be able to deal with things and not be able to help them. I wouldn’t say it’s my pet peeve, but it aggravates me when I can not help people that I care about because they don’t know how to help themselves. There are situations where you can’t necessarily do anything, but you can be supportive and be available.
- The last thing is definitely, failing in life or at work.
What is the one thing you know now that you would tell a younger version of you?
Recently a video of mine went viral on Twitter, which was an interview I did when I was eighteen. I say the same thing even now (laughs) and that is there is no ‘do or die situation.’ I tell that to every young person who decides to enter into show business. Yes, there are times when you feel like “if this isn’t going to happen to me, it’s the end of the world” but it really isn’t.
You have to look beyond the moment. You have to say to yourself “this too shall pass” and with time it usually does.
For everyone pursuing their dreams and feeling unsure whether to continue because of the challenges they must deal with, what steps do you take to stay uplifted? Any advice for those days when you are faced with giving up?
There are so many opportunities in the world now. What I meant by ‘do or die’ is that sometimes there are so many people and kids who come with dreams in their head and very few people ever make it. They give up school and they give up life. Eventually, life is full of compromises. When I joined movies I gave myself a year and half and if it didn’t work out I was going to back to college because I really believe in the power of education. So I sat down with my mom and dad and we talked about it. I was just nineteen so I pursued whatever I wanted to do. That was my plan and for me it worked out but if it had not, I had another plan. That is what I mean. I am doing so many things: music, movies, television, and production. The only thing I keep thinking of is to keep expanding myself in every avenue I can so there is no chance of failure (laughs) and give yourself something to fall back on. I believe you always have a Plan B.
You can point your finger at any place on the globe and you can start a life. There is no stopping you.