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Is love going to continue to be in the air on “Quantico” this season? We’ve certainly seen elements of it here and there with Alex and Ryan, but to say that there are complications would be an understatement. While at Quantico, the two made their feelings for each other abundantly clear. However, the fact that he is not actually an NAT makes things complicated, as does the fact that he is now getting set to go on a lengthy undercover mission with his ex Hannah (Eliza Coupe), a woman who is in many ways the agent that Alex wishes she could be.

So how is she going to handle all of these new dynamics? Speaking about the relationship and the future to TV Guide, star Priyanka Chopra had the following to say:

“They’re together, but they can’t be together. They have this whole thing all the time where they come that close to being together and get torn apart. I don’t think Ryan is going to leave Alex’s mind any time soon, that’s for sure. Ryan and Hannah work tremendously together even if they’re not together romantically. I think it’s hard for Alex to see that and understand that, and I think there’s this fear in her that [Ryan and Hannah] might get back together.”

While we are invested in the relationship, we would also be fine if “Quantico” focused a little more on the training and the flash-forward mystery more so than the romance in the near future. Granted, we’re not sure that will happen given that Alex looked for some sort of comfort in Liam after Hannah told her not to break Ryan’s heart.


For all the Alex and Ryan shippers out there, this is for you. spoke EXCLUSIVELY to Priyanka Chopra, 33, all about Quantico, and she thinks Alex and Ryan are a perfect match. Plus, you won’t believe what she said about the Dec. 13 winter finale!

“There is something epic about them,” Priyanka said about Alex and Ryan. “I think they are going to be those star-crossed lovers. There is something really good about them. I think they’re good for each other, and they look good together, too.”

Cue the massive screaming! The chemistry between Alex and Ryan is INSANE! There is clearly something big between them, but so many things (ahem, secrets) keep getting in their way. But as all star-crossed lovers do, they always seem to find their way back to each other.

Quantico has been building up to one epic midseason finale, and Priyanka admitted that major questions will be answered, including who planted the bomb at Grand Central.

“We’ve been saying for a few episodes now leading up to the finale that someone from Alex’s class is going to be revealed as the terrorist,” Priyanka told us. “Now the question is: Did they work alone? Was there someone else in our class who worked with them? Were they lying? How deep is this? Because it’s a huge terrorist act and Alex has been saying for the past few episodes that there was a second bomb. No one is believing her and that also is sort of answered. It’s a really great winter finale. It has all the fun stuff of the holidays but at the same time, a lot of questions are answered.”

Well, the midseason finale leads to the second half of the season, which will air in 2016. I’ll just leave you with what Priyanka told me: “The second half of the season — we just started shooting — is going blow your mind.”

HollywoodLifers, do you think Alex and Ryan belong together? Who do you think the terrorist is on Quantico? Let us know!


The freshman season of ABC’s Quantico has been so rife with twists, flash-forwards and reveals, that it can sometimes be hard to see where the story is going next. Between that massive terrorist explosion, which has kept the story on its toes since Day 1, and last week’s episode, in which it became apparent how far Alex (Priyanka Chopra) is willing to go in order to clear her name, the stakes have never been higher.

One thing is for sure though: Heading into Sunday’s midseason finale, “Inside,” the real terrorist will finally be revealed after 11 episodes of crazy speculation. Given that Alex has been the scapegoat all season long, THR turned to leading lady Chopra to get her take on who she believes the terrorist could be.

“I didn’t know at all, I found out much later than everybody else actually because I wanted it that way. We all had our guesses — mine was wrong,” she says. “The audience finds out through Alex’s eyes and I wanted to discover it as Alex finds out.”

Here, Chopra breaks down her list of suspects.

Ryan Booth (Jake McLaughlin)

“I don’t think Alex would have fallen in love with a guy who didn’t have integrity and wasn’t honest. But he is a special agent who has gone undercover in the past. He’s incredibly knowledgeable and always has an edge. Plus he has military training and he’s done he’s been deployed a bunch of times, which gives you knowledge of procedure and it helps you manipulate the system.”

Shelby Wyatt (Johanna Braddy)

“Shelby has been in Alex’s corner; she was apprehensive before but she stood by her and put her job and life on the line to help Alex prove her innocence. Then again she’s an incredible sniper and has had secret ties, lots of money. Things that make people shady.”

Simon Asher (Tate Ellington)

“Simon and Alex have a brother-sister like relationship, they always have each other’s backs. At the same time there’s just there’s something so secretive and shady about Simon. He doesn’t talk about everything and she doesn’t know everything.”

Caleb Haas (Graham Rogers)

“Shelby once said, ‘I would be petrified to live in a world where Caleb Haas was a terrorist.’ I’ll go with that!”

Nimah Amin (Yasmine Al Massri)

“Nimah and Alex are really close, even though Nimah is competitive, ambitious and wants to be the best and wants to kick ass. At the same time she says what she feels, she’s like straight up honest and bad ass. That’s the difference between the twins. It’s something to think about.”

Raina Amin (Yasmine Al Massri)

“She’s softer and a little naive. She believes in the goodness of people but she’s also very conservative in her thoughts and beliefs.”

Natalie Vasquez (Anabelle Acosta)

“She’s Alex’s nemeses, so there’s a lot of drama in that relationship. But she’s also a cop. Natalie has so much going on that I don’t know if she has the head space to mastermind this kind of terrorist act. It takes someone with a lot more against the world. Which she could have, because the system keeps her away form her daughter or whatever.”

Elias Harper (Rick Cosnett)

“He has that famous Elias Harper charm. Then again he saved himself over his fellow classmates and colleagues during that bomb exercise.”

Brandon Fletcher (Jacob Artist)

“He’s someone who follows the rules but at the same time believes in the fact that if you’re in the FBI you sort of sell your life and soul to law enforcement. And if you’re not willing to risk your life then why are you even here? He’s someone who comes from that kind of a belief. But he’s very straightforward and will do whatever it takes to make sure the job is done … ”

Who do you think the terrorist is? Sound off in the comments below. Quantico‘s midsesaon finale airs Sunday at 10 p.m. on ABC. Stay tuned to THR‘s The Live Feed for full coverage, including an interview with showrunner Josh Safran and more.


As the pilot episode for ABC’s counter terrorism drama Quantico begins, one of the biggest stars in Bollywood is lying in the ruins of a bomb blast.

It’s Priyanka Chopra, and she’s playing Alex Parrish, an FBI trainee falsely accused of setting off the explosion. She’s also making history as the first South Asian woman to play the lead in a network TV drama.

“The bomber knew exactly what they were doing,” Chopra says as Parrish in a later episode. “They framed the brown girl.”

But the story of how Chopra was able to make network television history starts with Anjula Acharia-Bath. She’s a venture capitalist who built a business on the side melding South Asian and U.S. pop culture.

And by bringing one of east Indian cinema’s biggest stars to American TV, Acharia-Bath had one goal.

“I wanted to change the world with this,” she says. “I wanted people to see my people in a way that represented me.”

Acharia-Bath’s drive to shatter stereotypes began in childhood. Raised the daughter of east Indian immigrants in a London suburb, she discovered an awful thing happened every time British TV showed stereotypical east Indian characters.

“I grew up in a very racist neighborhood in England, there was zero diversity…we were the only South Asian family for miles,” she said. “Literally, if there was something on TV one night, the next day…kids would poke fun at me and they would (say), ‘I saw your people on TV, this is what you do, this is how you are’…If there was something on TV, the next day I wouldn’t want to go to school. I would pretend to be sick.”

That experience stuck with her. So many years later, Acharia-Bath developed a sideline company mashing up South Asian and U.S. pop culture, called DesiHits.

Working with Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine, she signed Priyanka Chopra to a record deal. They put the Bollywood star together with Miami rapper Pitbull for the single Exotic, which had lyrics in Hindi.

“That was big risk,” Acharia-Bath says. “The whole hook was in Hindi…We knew it would probably get rejected at radio…but we did it because we thought it was cool and we loved the song.”

Then came some good luck. Acharia-Bath met ABC executive Keli Lee at a dinner party. Lee had already pushed ABC to feature more diversity in its casts, so she worked up a plan with Acharia-Bath to bring Chopra to American TV.

But Chopra and Acharia-Bath insisted any TV role avoid stereotypes.

“When they would ask her to come back for a reading or say ‘Can you play up your accent?’ we’d say, ‘No,'” Acharia-Bath says. “‘We can’t. We don’t want to sound like Apu from The Simpsons.'”

Joshua Safran is creator of Quantico. He says when Chopra auditioned, he had no idea she had made nearly 50 movies – Bollywood’s equivalent to Angelina Jolie.

“When she walked in, it really was about her performance and not about her ethnicity or the fact that she would be the first (South Asian network TV drama star),” he says. “In fact, it didn’t even occur to me that she would be the first until much later.”

Chopra told the program Showbiz India that the role wasn’t originally written for an Indian woman. They tweaked the character to make Parrish half Indian after Chopra was cast.

“When I got the part, we had a whole debate about whether we should change her name make her more Indian,” Chopra said. “I didn’t want to change the character. I wanted to be able to act like Alex.”

Some people may say such moves may “whitewash” the character and keep Alex Parrish from being culturally authentic (the show also notes Parrish spent 10 years living in Mumbai). But Acharia-Bath says the character is as authentically Indian as she is.

“There are some great shows that are very culturally specific…but we really wanted a role anyone could play,” she adds. “It wasn’t about her race or color. Any woman could relate to her.”

Quantico has been picked up for a full season by ABC and earns solid ratings, leading up to its winter finale Sunday. Acharia-Bath says the show’s success proves network TV has only begun to tap the potential of non-white stars.

“South Asians make up one fifth of the world’s population,” she adds. “These shows play in the U.K., Canada, India, the Middle East…diversity pays. That’s the bottom line.”

No one knows that better than Acharia-Bath, a venture capitalist who says doing the right thing can also be the profitable thing.


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