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Alex tries to convince Owen of the traitor amongst them. The recruits are tasked with getting an asset out of Germany – but their target has a death wish. In the future, the terrorists resort to new means to gain information from the hostages.

“JMPALM” – At the Farm, Owen teaches the recruits a lesson on the necessity of betrayal, with a mission of getting the Venezuelan Consul Gabriel Carrera (Javier Muñoz, “Hamilton”) to turn on his country. In the future, Alex is forced to team up with Miranda to save the hostages, while President Claire Haas has a plan to end the crisis once and for all, on “Quantico,” MONDAY, JANUARY 30 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

Priyanka was spotted filming Quantico yesterday with Aunjanue. I added pictures at the link below!

With hit US drama Quantico and the much anticipated Baywatch movie to her name, Priyanka Chopra has done what no other Bollywood actress has achieved – cracked Hollywood. And, she tells Charlotte Pearson Methven, she has been smashing stereotypes along the way

Bollywood A-lister, soon-to-be Baywatch babe, Oscars presenter and the star of one of television’s hottest new thrillers – Indian beauty Priyanka Chopra has had a pretty amazing 2016.
Oh, and she is one of the most influential Asian women on Twitter, with a cool 15.7 million followers. She graced the cover of Time magazine in May (fittingly, its ‘100 Most Influential People’ issue) and is a former Miss World – the springboard to the amazing things that are happening to her now – having won that honour back in 2000.

I have to be honest, I am expecting a bit of a diva as I wait to meet her in a London hotel, especially when she whooshes past me in an itsy-bitsy dress, hair swishing, entourage in tow.

We are here to talk about Quantico – the first season of which recently aired, to great acclaim, on Alibi, with the second to follow in March.

Priyanka, 34, plays complex and hard-as-nails FBI trainee Alex Parrish, who may possibly be a terrorist.

I am fully prepared for someone every bit as tricky off screen, but instead I am greeted as though I am an old friend. She doesn’t draw breath or hold her punches. First topic is the British rain. ‘It’s like a monsoon has arrived. Yesterday we drove through floods. I was in shock, like, “Whaaaaaat?”’

Rain aside, Priyanka loves the UK, particularly London, and even more particularly Harrods.

‘We are going tomorrow,’ she trills. ‘We’ refers to Priyanka, her mother Madhu, who often travels with her, and her assistant. ‘I am not a clothes girl,’ she insists. ‘I like techie toys. Other girls buy stilettos, I buy drones.

‘My other favourite shop is Hamleys, especially the floor with all the gadgets. My mum adores England. She believes that in a previous life she was the Queen’s cat and lived in Buckingham Palace,’ she says, roaring with laughter.

Priyanka’s younger brother, Siddharth, to whom she is very close, often accompanies her on her travels as well.

‘He’s 26, a baby still. He is moving to New York to study film production. I’ll be there a lot, so we can hold on to each other.’

Family is incredibly important to Priyanka, who lost her father Ashok to cancer three years ago.

‘Dad and I were like twins. We were so alike,’ she says, showing me a tattoo on her wrist that reads ‘Daddy’s lil girl’ in his handwriting. She credits her parents with moulding her into the life force she is today.

The role in Quantico marks the first time an Indian has played the lead in a mainstream US drama.

The show flashes back and forth between a group of FBI recruits training together at the Quantico base in Virginia and the aftermath of the worst terror attack in New York since 9/11, carried out by one of the cadets (a sleeper terrorist).

Priyanka’s portrayal of Alex has been critically acclaimed, and many have tipped her to be the first Indian woman to properly make the leap from Bollywood to Hollywood.

‘I never set out to “crack Hollywood”, but if it happens it will be an amazing thing for ending ethnic stereotyping,’ she says. ‘My parents always taught me to dream big and to chase those dreams. When they raised me they never differentiated between my brother and me or made me feel that there were any limitations on me as a female.

‘Both my parents were doctors and we were a very academic family…as most Indians are. That stereotype is true! I was so driven. I always had to come first in school. That same drive pushes me to do well in my work.’

The seeds of Priyanka’s success were sown when her mother surreptitiously sent some photos of her – she was still in high school and they had been taken to accompany her application for a scholarship programme – to the Miss India competition.

She was selected, won and was, thus, automatically entered for Miss World, which is, she insists, not predominantly about appearance.

‘I was never asked to walk in a swimsuit. The other girls were much more beautiful than me. The judges look for a woman of substance; it’s about character and what you stand for.’

She was crowned in the Millennium Dome (now the O2 Arena) in London – and then the calls started coming in for film roles.

‘I had never considered acting. As a child, I wanted to be a psychologist. Then for a while I wanted to be an aeronautical engineer and work for Nasa. Ironically, I now spend my life flying – but not in the way I imagined!’

Priyanka juggles a full-on Bollywood career – she has appeared in more than 50 films and is one of the industry’s best-paid actors – with a burgeoning one in the US. She also has her own production company, Purple Pebble Pictures, and sings (she has recorded singles with Pharrell Williams and This all involves a lot of time on aeroplanes.

‘I regularly fly to India for just one day over a weekend, to shoot a scene for a film there, and did so while filming both Baywatch and Quantico.

‘My body doesn’t even get jet-lagged any more, it’s so used to it.’

She is due to appear as the villainous Victoria Leeds – opposite Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as Mitch Buchanan (the original David Hasselhoff role) and Zac Efron as young recruit Matt Brody – in the Baywatch movie, set for release in May.

Appearing in a film based around bikini-clad bodies did not feel at odds with her culture, she says.

‘Modern India is very different. And anyway, I play a bitch in couture – patronising and deliciously evil – so I spend most of the time covered up. I loved every minute of it and was a huge fan of the original Baywatch. In Quantico I have swimsuit scenes, though, and that hasn’t provoked any criticism.’

Playing against expectation is clearly important to Priyanka, who has refused to be typecast as ‘the Indian woman’, despite attempts by casting agents to put her in that box.

‘When they approached me about Quantico I was very clear that I wouldn’t play any character who relied on being pigeonholed as an Indian. I said to the producers, “There will be no big fat Bollywood wedding.” It was important to me that they agreed to – and respected – that before I took it on, and they have been wonderful. The role of Alex embraces my culture without belittling it.

‘Alex’s Indian-ness actually has nothing to do with her storyline. She may wear an Om bracelet and speak Hindi, but she is also brazen, bold and answers to no one.’

Alex – a troubled soul who killed her abusive father to protect her mother and ruffles a few feathers at Quantico – is, Priyanka says, nothing like her.

‘Alex trusts no one and is emotionally disconnected because of what she has been through. I trust absolutely everyone and am totally emotionally invested. She’s had the most dysfunctional family, and I have the most loving, functional one imaginable.’

The only less-than-idyllic period in Priyanka’s upbringing was when, at her own request, she went to live with an aunt in the US for four years.

‘I was obsessed with the fact that they didn’t have to wear a uniform to school there. I begged my parents to let me go, so they did. They always treated me like an adult and let me make my own decisions.’ The experience was both positive and negative. ‘Those were such formative years and spending that time there has made me a true amalgamation of East and West.’

But however warmly America has embraced Priyanka now, that was not the case back then. ‘I encountered a lot of racial prejudice. People could not understand me. They were confused by the fact that I was Indian, yet I spoke English. In fact, English is, with Hindi, my first language, because I went to a bilingual school in India. People expected me to speak and act like Apu from The Simpsons – their only reference for an Indian person.’

She eventually had enough and, aged 16, returned home to finish her education.

‘India is where my roots are and where I will always return,’ she says. ‘Mumbai is my home now, but I’ll go where my work takes me. If there was an amazing project in LA, I would be on the next plane. I am an artist, a nomad. I have homes in New York and Goa, too.’

Having previously gone out with Indian actors, she tells me she is currently single, but dreams of having lots of children.

‘I adore kids. Mum is one of five and Dad was one of six. I once said I wanted a cricket team, but don’t quote me on that!’

And does she see herself one day reining in her hectic schedule and settling in one place to raise her brood? ‘I don’t think I need to settle down to have babies – any more than a man needs to,’ she answers defiantly.

She is also not a fan of the casualness of dating.

‘Dating isn’t really a concept in India. I’ve never dated. I’ve always been in relationships. If you like someone, you court them.’

Priyanka has recently been linked to British actor Tom Hiddleston, Taylor Swift’s ex, after the two were spotted getting cosy at the Emmys in September. It remains to be seen if Tom is courting her.

The self-assurance with which Priyanka does things her way is no doubt a big factor in how she has beguiled ‘the industry’.

Even when presenting at the Oscars earlier this year (the award for best film editing, for which she wore a shimmering Zuhair Murad white dress), she refused to be intimidated by bigger names.

‘I was standing at the bar with Liev Schreiber [star of TV drama Ray Donovan] and he was like, “There’s blah blah and blah blah and they made this film and that film” and I was, like, “Who?” He said, “You don’t know?” and I was, like, “Listen, I’m not from here. Would you know everyone if you came to India?”

‘He then patiently spent some time educating me about who’s who in Hollywood.’

Another starry highlight of the past year for Priyanka was attending the White House Correspondents’ dinner in April. ‘Obama’s speech was so funny. He had me on the floor. He is so charismatic and such an amazing leader.’

If her career continues at the pace it is going, she will have many more such outings.

Already, since Quantico, she is experiencing a surge in recognition from adoring fans and travels around with security.

‘Recently, at the airport in LA, the immigration officer said to me, “I’m not stamping your passport until you tell me who the terrorist is in Quantico.” I was, like, “Don’t you know never to ask a brown girl who the terrorist is at an American airport?”’

She adds, ‘It was so sweet at Halloween this year in the US – there were lots of little girls dressed as Alex.’ Is there an Alex, or a Priyanka, doll yet? I ask. ‘No, but great idea! There should be!’

Priyanka is not arrogant, but there is an upfrontness about her that is refreshing. After all, life is too short for modesty. When I ask how she maintains her immaculate figure – that rare, winning combination of thin, toned and curvy – she says simply, ‘I am genetically blessed. I have crazy Indian genes. I am sure my time will come and I will explode like The Nutty Professor, but for now I am making the most of it. All I do is eat.’

And, as such, her childhood nickname is ‘Piggy Chops’. Does she go to the gym?

‘No.’ Pilates? ‘No.’ Running? ‘No. Never!’ Yoga? ‘Ha ha, no! I am the only Indian person who doesn’t do yoga!’

Priyanka takes her position as a role model for young girls seriously, and I think her authenticity makes her a good one.

She has been a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for eight years, is involved with Girl Up, ‘a UN thing for the rights of females around the world’, and has her own self-funded foundation, ‘helping about 70 kids with health and education’.

One of the most followed Asian females on Twitter, she was an early adopter of the social network – ‘I love technology and couldn’t resist’ – and is now determined to use it as a force for good. ‘I see it as my direct voice,’ she says.

‘Whatever I want to say, I say it.’ And I believe her. ‘That might be about my work, my new shoes or being in the rain in London. Perhaps it shows young girls that I’ve worked hard, had self-belief and smashed some stereotypes.’

Quantico will return to Alibi on 2 March at 9pm

Icons: I love strong-minded women such as Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron.
On your iPod: Meghan Trainor, Adele, Michael Bublé, Maroon 5. I can’t get enough of pop.
Top TV: Grey’s Anatomy, Making a Murderer, Narcos and, when I need my murder fix, CSI and SVU.
Perfect lazy Sunday: Sitting on my bed in my pyjamas, something I rarely get to do.
Last meal on earth: It would definitely involve caviar. Whenever I fly through Heathrow I pick up some at Caviar House. I love to eat it on chips. A good pizza is hard to beat, too.
Favourite destinations: In India, Goa and Kerala. Otherwise, I love Thailand and its islands Phuket and Krabi. I recently shot a film in Barcelona and I was blown away by the city.


Quantico mid-season finale was last night and I added captures from the episode below. Quantico will return on Monday, January 23rd!