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Priyanka Chopra has been kicking butt in American thriller drama Quantico, and she’s now going to be taking down Dwayne Johnson in the upcoming Baywatch movie.

The Indian movie superstar will play villainous Victoria in the film, and she gave us a bit of a teaser for what to expect.

She told Digital Spy: “I’m the antagonist in that film, and she’s a bitch in very high heels! She’s a great character, it’s awesome and it’ll be so funny. I think it will be a major global summer blockbuster next year.

“First of all, Baywatch as a brand is such a popular show all over the world. I remember whenever that music used to play, it was like ‘all go to the television’. I think Baywatch inspired me as an Indian film actor. Literally, slow motion running is what I do for a living, and I’m so good at it now!”

Talking about working with co-stars including Johnson and Zac Efron, she added: “Everyone was so amazing with me. Especially as I was being so bitchy in the movie to both Dwayne and Zack!

“I’m so mean to them! It’s so funny to see these big action-style guys not know what to see and be flummoxed. So, Victoria is delectable.”

Priyanka also gave Quantico fans some little teasers for its upcoming second season. She said: “It’ll still be the back and forth, because that’s the signature of the show. But thank god I’m not on the run anymore, Alex really needed to catch a break! Just take a second!

“I’m inquisitive to see where it will go. From what I know there will be a lot that happens between Ryan and Alex and their relationship.

“She’s emotionally stunted as a character, shooting your father will do that to you, I guess. That’s what makes her interesting, she’s completely unapologetic about her decisions. Her vulnerability is only hers to see. She’s honestly my alter ego, I wish I could be more like that.”

Quantico returns to ABC on Sunday (September 25) at 9pm, and will follow on Alibi in the UK later this year. >Baywatch hits cinemas on May 19, 2017.


Producer Vashu Bhagnani has joined hands with actress Priyanka Chopra for her debut Punjabi production Sarvann. Purple Pebble Pictures (PPP), founded by Priyanka, announced about their outing with Puja Entertainment, led by Vashu Bhagnani.

“We are excited to collaborate with Vashuji on this film. We have had such an amazing response to our regional film ventures and we are now looking forward to our Punjabi debut,” Priyanka said in a statement.

Bhagnani too is glad to collaborate with Priyanka. “After so many years of being in the industry, we now got the opportunity to work together and are making our debut as producers in Punjabi films together,” he said.

Co-produced by Priyanka’s mother Madhu Chopra and Vashu Bhagnani, Sarvann, is coming-of-age story of a young boy who unknowingly discovers his true identity. Directed by Karan Guliani, the movie stars Amrinder Gill, Ranjit Bawa and Simi Chehail.

The first schedule of Sarvann has been completed in Canada and the second marathon schedule began on September 5.


Priyanka Chopra is not intimidated by all the changes Quantico’s making for season 2. In early August, three episodes into filming “Quan2co,” Chopra strolls onto the terrorism thriller’s CIA training facility set — nicknamed “The Farm” — beaming. “I’m not nervous,” she tells EW, waiting in video village before her scene. But when it comes to her character, NAT-turned-fugitive-FBI-agent-turned-fired-FBI-agent Alex Parrish, Chopra’s a little more anxious. If you thought last season was big,” she teases, “this season is really big.”

Though cagey about the biggest twists coming up this season — this is now a CIA-centric show now, after all — Chopra shared her take on what’s coming next for Alex & Co., looked back on season 1 (and season 1’s critics), and explained how her life has changed as a result of the show:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: There’s a ton changing this year for season 2, from the setting to the story. How are you feeling about that?
PRIYANKA CHOPRA: I come from features, so in a way it’s like a new movie. Last season, to me, was like a giant, really long movie. I’m still playing the same character, so it’s like doing a sequel to a movie. And yeah, there’s quite a few characters coming in from season 1 into season 2, but the story is completely different. Now, Alex is off in a new job, she’s in the CIA, and she and Ryan are in a good place. We again have two timelines, so in one place we’re in a good place and then in the other one, as usual, Alex Parrish saves the world. [Laughs.] At least, she tries, as always.

What can you tell me about the new threat?

Well, it’s definitely a much bigger threat than what happened last year, and you know, Alex is tenacious and a survivor and able to think quickly on her feet, so she’s someone who’s in the position to help when this new threat arrives. It’s about how she figures that out.

You’re surrounded by quite a few new faces, too.
[The new cast members and I] are still getting to know each other, which is great, because we’re getting to know each other in the show as well. The entire cast is great; they’re all new people who are new recruits to the CIA, and we’re all training, so again, Alex has to figure out her inner circle, who are her people, and who are not.

How do you feel about those who won’t be back? Do you miss them?
I do, but I’ve been in show business for 15 years now and I know the nature of the business, you know? In movies, you go from [being with everyone for] four months and then you leave everyone behind and you go forward. I’m not used to television where people have TV families for 12 years. This is the longest I’ve ever known any cast, which is great. I made friends for life, even with the ones who are not coming back.

Now to go back to talking about Alex, where is her head this year?
The CIA’s clandestine, so it’s all about deceit, evasiveness, and lying, but Alex is all about truth, finding the truth, and being good. She’s suddenly outside of her comfort zone. [Laughs.] I don’t know how Alex is going to do it! [Sighs dramatically and laughs.] I’ve only read to episode 4 and I’m nervous for her! She was getting rid of the bad and saving the world, whereas now she’s in an agency that’s all about doing things she doesn’t really believe in, but is for the greater good. For her, it’s, what are the lines she can’t cross and what are the lines she should? It’s an incredible place as a character. It’s a completely opposite universe… She’s not only dealing with everything that’s happened to her, but she’s also not able to find her bearings, because she’s used to being someone else and trained to be doing something completely different.

Why would she even go for the CIA after everything that’s happened with the FBI?
Because she’s always been about service. She believes in protecting her country, and the CIA is the highest place in terms of law enforcement where she can do that.

Speaking of law enforcement, Quantico tackles homeland security and terrorism, topics that have been dominating headlines. How will this season tackle those timely subjects in season 2?

To me, terrorism has unfortunately been our reality for many, many years. It’s something we are, in a way, getting desensitized to because we hear about it so often. Unfortunately, that’s what our world today looks like, but that’s not what our show is about. The show is actually about what happens to people when senseless acts end up happening in the world, how people react to it, how human beings react. It’s about human reaction and human relationships more than the act of terrorism. Our show, because we’re in law enforcement and law enforcement deals with terrorism, is naturally going to have that be a part of our story, but it’s not driven or taken from something in particular.

As for her love life, you mentioned Ryan and Alex as being in a “good place” this season. Tell me more about that.
They’re in a relationship, so Ralex is back. [Laughs.] For the first time in their lives, they’re in a good place where they’re happy. That’s how the season starts. People know about them, and their relationship is out in the open, and there’s no lying.

You also mentioned how you’re more used to doing films. How has your life changed since doing a network show, and one in America?

[Pauses.] I’m in America a lot more than I am at home. That’s the only change, I guess. And people who didn’t know me are introduced to me. What’s fascinating to me is how many people come up to me and are like, “We just watched our first Hindi film of yours on Netflix,” so it’s an amazing cultural exchange. Entertainment is becoming global, and I’m so happy to be a catalyst of that.

With that in mind, how much pressure do you feel going into season 2 to continue to deliver?
I don’t feel pressure, because I know our show is a really good show. People are discovering it around the world, and we’re fortunate to get so much love around the world. I know the content this season is amazing, and fans are going to be really excited about what they see. I’m not nervous about that, but I’m definitely curious about how people will react to Alex [in season 2]. I’m not used to being on television so I’ve never had a relationship with an audience like that.

Did you follow critics’ reactions to season 1?
Would you remind me [what they said]? I usually don’t listen to critics. [Laughs]

There were critics saying the story was too confusing, mainly. How do you feel about that?
See, I’m someone who’s a practical, logical person, who looks at numbers, so when I look at numbers and how many people watched the show on [delayed viewing] and the number of people who watch the show around the world, I don’t know what [critics] are talking about, because people are still watching. If it was as confusing or if they didn’t understand it, we would lose that audience, and we haven’t. I’m just being practical and saying, “Yeah, it might be confusing, but that might be what people like.” Network shows usually spoon-feed their audience, and what I love about our show is we have writing that talks about relevant topics of today… It’s an extremely young, fun show which is confusing deliberately because we want you to try and keep up with us. It’s a smart show that doesn’t spoon-feed you. If you want a spoon-fed show, that’s not us. [Laughs]

Quantico returns Sunday, Sept. 25, at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.


Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra says Season two of her hit American show “Quantico” will have lots of secrets and threats and she can’t wait to share it with the audience.

“Quantico” which became an instant global success is all set to return with the season two this month in India and it will be airing around the same day as in the United States, a media release issued here said.

On the second season, Priyanka said, “The response and support for ‘Quantico’ in India has been tremendous. To receive such love and support from Indian audiences is a matter of great pride for me.”

“I’m super excited that the new season of ‘Quantico’ will be aired in India almost immediately after the US airing. We’ve got a whole lot of ‘new’ (in) this season… Secrets, threats, faces, dangers and more and I can’t wait to share it,” she said.

While the show received a stupendous response from Indian fans, the channel (Star world) also received numerous requests from fans to air the second season of the show closer to international airing.

Keeping this in mind, Season two of the espionage drama will now air in India on the same day as the US starting September 26.

“Quantico” Season 2 will air on Star World and Star World HD.


The American dream means different things to different people: equality, opportunity, freedom. But for a teenage Priyanka Chopra, it meant not having to wear a school uniform.

“That was the main reason I wanted to come here,” the actress (who was born in Jharkhand, India) tells Alexa, only half-jokingly. Her mother, Madhu, and father, Ashok — both doctors in the Indian army — agreed to send her to live with relatives in the US when she was 13. She hopped between Iowa, Massachusetts and Flushing, Queens, where her grades at Robert F. Kennedy High School were always impeccable.

But Chopra, who stars in the ABC series “Quantico,” also took advantage of the time away from her conservative parents to advance her non-academic interests.

“My locker was filled with shoes and clothes and makeup,” she recalls. “I didn’t need books so much because I was a smart kid. So I would leave for school wearing loose shirts, and change [into something more risqué] when I got to school. I used to turn into a little hottie!”

As Chopra, 34, breezes from elegant dress to elegant dress for our Alexa photo shoot in Chelsea, it’s clear she’s grown from high-school “hottie” to modern-day style icon, headlining Bollywood spectaculars and Hollywood red carpets.

Indeed, all that early fashion practice proved prescient. When she returned to India after high school, her mother secretly entered her in the Miss India World pageant in 2000 — without asking her. But the 18-year-old novice managed to beat the veteran contestants, winning the crown and going on to snag the entire Miss World title later that year.

That double win launched Chopra’s stellar Bollywood career, where she starred in dozens of films, earning critical praise as well as commercial success. Among her most prominent works was 2015’s epic romance “Bajirao Mastani,” which took in around $53 million, making it one of the most lucrative Bollywood movies of all time.

But it’s with the spy thriller “Quantico” (which is syndicated in more than 200 countries and territories) that her name has finally become a global brand. The show spotlights a group of FBI trainees with Chopra at the center, playing the wily and dynamic Alex Parrish. It’s one of the first mainstream American TV characters to be portrayed by an Indian-born actor, and Chopra was careful to insist that her character be depicted without offensive stereotypes.

“I still come across the conception of Bollywood films as full of singing, dancing jokers, and that we break out into random music sequences,” she says, laughing. “I even get people asking me how I speak such good English. I might do a mental eye-roll, but instead of getting angry, I take a breath and try to educate whoever wants to learn about where I come from. I used to have a friend at school who changed his name from Varun to Warren because he said people couldn’t pronounce it. I remember telling him, ‘Teach them!’

Soon there will be many more opportunities to soak up her lessons. Season 2 of “Quantico” kicks off on Sept. 25; in December, Chopra will serve as a guest judge on “Project Runway,” alongside Heidi Klum, Zac Posen and Nina Garcia.

“It was so hard for me to do the elimination part,” Chopra admits. “I really felt for these contestants. I’m a guest judge, so thankfully I don’t have to be mean! I’ve been through contests that have involved elimination. I won both [Miss India and Miss World], but the pressure and stress was so much that I still have some kind of PTSD from it. I’m not sure I could ever do it again.”

Chopra has also wrapped filming on next year’s “Baywatch” movie, in which she plays villain Victoria Leeds — a part originally intended for a male actor. “I think people in America thought of that show as cheesy, but I watched it all the time with my mom in India,” she recalls. “It was massive there. In my head, I still run in slow-motion like they do!”

These days, she splits her time between New York and India, where her mother and younger brother, a nightlife impresario, still live. Family is clearly important to Chopra: One of the few times her fizzing personality begins to crack is when she talks about her late father. “He was my biggest champion and my mentor,” she says. Chopra wears her love for Ashok on her sleeve — quite literally. The prominent tattoo on her right hand reads “Daddy’s lil girl.”

In 2005 he was diagnosed with cancer, and despite eight years of treatment, he passed away in 2013. Even now, Chopra frequently refers to him in the present tense. After correcting herself, her tone changes noticeably. “I kept asking myself, ‘What more could I have done — what did I miss? Could I have found a different treatment?’ It was the time in my life that I felt failure the most.

The idea that Chopra’s father is missing out on seeing his daughter achieve success all over the world is something that clearly saddens her. “It was never a plan of mine to go to a whole new country at the age of 33, and start a new career,” she adds. “Maybe he’s orchestrating it from somewhere. I’d like to believe that.”

It takes just a short while in her company to understand why much of the world is suddenly so enamored of Chopra. Her confidence is palpable, her voice and stride purposeful. But she has a playful side, too. She shifts seamlessly from thoughtfully answering questions to enthusiastically rapping along to the ’90s hip-hop blasting on set at the photo shoot. “That’s all I listened to when I was a kid,” she says. “I love Biggie, but I had a big crush on Tupac as a teenager. I thought he was a modern-day poet the voice of our generation.”

It’s not necessarily a surprise to witness her aptitude for music. In 2011, she signed a record deal with Interscope. But after a minor club hit with the Pitbull collaboration “Exotic” in 2013, her album ended up getting shelved, partly because of her other numerous projects. “Sometimes I still put it on when I’m drinking wine with my friends,” she says. “I’d love to do music again, but just don’t have the time to really focus on it — and you need that.

At the photo studio, she changes outfits with the cool efficiency of a quick-change artist. It’s an approach that reflects her overall fashion philosophy. “I like brands like Brandon Maxwell and Alexander Wang. They’re chic within themselves, they’re edgy, and they’re not a huge effort. I don’t like effort within my clothes. Most of the time, I’m a jeans-and-snazzy-heels kind of girl. It’s a quick tip for working girls who don’t have the time.”

If there’s a downside to being such a busy and successful star, it’s the heightened scrutiny on her personal life — something Chopra has always refused to discuss. “In India, they don’t directly ask you who you’re dating,” she explains. “But in America they’ll just say, ‘Who’s your boyfriend?’ ”

As any A-lister will tell you, keeping secrets in the age of cellphones and social media is nearly impossible — but Chopra has an answer for that, too. “In Season 2 of ‘Quantico,’ Alex is working for the CIA . . . so I know how to hide!”


Quantico season 1 DVD is in stores now. You can buy it at your local video store or Amazon. I uploaded the bonus features including cast interviews, deleted scenes and bloopers. There are more features on the DVD 🙂

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