From Miss World to the star of ABC’s hottest new television show, Priyanka Chopra is this year’s hottest rising star.
Although she’s a household name in her native India, Chopra’s role in Quantico marks her super-success in the States, with her also becoming the first South Asian woman to headline an American network series.
The gorgeous 33-year-old actress is on the February issue cover of ELLE (along with Olivia Wilde, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Viola Davis) as part of their 6th annual Women in Television feature.
Meanwhile in India, Chopra is starring in Bajirao Mastani, an 18th-century epic that premiered in December. She’s also involved in her next movie role, the action flick Jai Gangaajal (a sequel to 2003’s Gangaajal).
On her major stardom, Chopra told ELLE, “I’m not really crossing over,” she says, referring to any headlines that suggest she’s making Hollywood a priority over her native India.”It’s not like I’m leaving Indian films; I intend to do that simultaneously. I intend on straddling both continents and going wherever my work takes me. Creative people shouldn’t be stopped by barriers of language and borders.”
And with over 50 movie titles to her name, creativity and a strong work ethic are certainly two things she boasts in being able to maintain such a successful career. For example, Chopra recently became the first South Asian actress to win a People’s Choice Award (“Favorite Actress In A New TV Series” for her role as Alex Parrish in Quantico).
On her groundbreaking role, she also told ELLE,
I was apprehensive because I’m Indian—not Indian-American. And I didn’t know what that would mean…When you put your work out there, you’re apprehensive about how it will be received. So getting that acceptance, getting a People’s Choice Award, that was validation that I must be doing something right. And that’s what America’s about, right? People coming from all over the world and being whoever they want to be.
Read more of her interview with ELLE here.