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In a blink-and-you-missed-it moment on Quantico’s Season 2 premiere, Alex (Priyanka Chopra) found her new CIA roommate, Dayana Mampasi (Pearl Thusi), in bed, with her back toward her, quietly crying.

We’ll learn a lot more about Dayana on Sunday’s episode. For starters, she’s a Harvard-educated lawyer for an NGO who was recruited by the CIA. She also can’t tear her ear away from her phone and becomes incredibly distracted while the class runs a counter-surveillance drill. (That surely won’t bode well for her Murder Board ranking.)

Who could she possibly be talking to that’s more important than the CIA?


Indian actress Priyanka Chopra is having a great time working with Blair Underwood and Aunjanue Ellis in Season 2 of American TV series “Quantico”. She says she feels blessed to share screen space with them.

Underwood, a Golden Globe-award winning actor, joined the series as a regular in the role of an inspirational and intelligent CIA agent named Owen Hall, who is also a teacher at the CIA. And Ellis plays role of Miranda Shaw, Assistant Director at the FBI Academy in “Quantico”.

“The best thing about working with Blair Underwood is the fact that he knows all his lines, all the time. He has lines, he has like pages and pages of lines because he plays our teacher this year so he has so much to say but he is so professional,” Priyanka said in a statement.

Priyanka, who was seen essaying an FBI agent named Alex Parrish in the first season of the American drama series, is now portraying a CIA agent in its second season, which airs in India on Star World and Star World HD.

The actress added: “What a great actor. It’s extremely amazing to be on set and watch him. I love watching him, him and Aunjanue are two people I watch when they perform. As an actor for me, they’re institutions of what they do to a scene and I am so blessed to be working with both of them on the show.”

Priyanka opened up about her co-stars in a special video to Star World.


I uploaded episode stills + BTS pictures from Stescalade. Click the link below to enjoy them!

W Magazine‘s Royals issue is on newsstands now. Make sure you pick up your copy!

Quantico is finally back with the season 2 premiere! I added screen captures from tonight’s episode at the link below.

Last night, ABC’s political thriller Quantico entered its second season, with Indian actor Priyanka Chopra resuming her role as Alex Parrish, an FBI operative framed for a terrorist attack. Alex is an ass-kicking heroine in every sense of the phrase: she is blisteringly smart, physically adroit, and committed to serving her country by all means possible. In playing Alex, Chopra herself is something of a powerhouse: She is the first Indian woman to lead a primetime network show in the U.S.—a fact she brushes off as another reality of the job, which in recent years has taken a turn toward the stratosphere. In India—where she still regularly works—she is a singer, and a fixture of Bollywood. Next year, she will be seen around the world in Seth Gordon’s highly anticipated Baywatch remake alongside Zac Efron and the Rock.

In Baywatch, Chopra will play Victoria, the film’s villain. Alex and Victoria could not be more different: While one is driven only to do good, the other is driven only by evil. This, Chopra tells us, is precisely why she sought the challenge: One role informs the other, and both become stronger.

We recently spoke with Chopra, just as she was wrapping a full day on set for Quantico (they still have many episodes left to film). Remarkably, she was able to leave the head of Alex and speak eloquently as herself.

MATT MULLEN: I understand you’ve been on set all day. How is production going?
PRIYANKA CHOPRA: It’s a lot of work; it’s a lot of long hours. We’re filming 22 episodes. So the body starts creaking after awhile.

MULLEN: Alex is also such a physical role. I imagine there’s a physical toll you experience.
CHOPRA: Yes. And also because I work weekends as well—because I have photo shoots or commercials that I do, or things in India. It’s usually a seven-day week for me. So physically it does get exhausting.

MULLEN: How do you balance it all?
CHOPRA: I’m a tough girl, I know what my job entails—it entails a lot more than standing in front of the camera. So I get it. I won’t deny the physicality of it is exhausting, and sometimes my body just can’t keep up. But it is ultimately about mind over matter. I learned very early in my career that when I don’t arrive on set, production will shut down, which means people won’t get paid; there’s that much responsibility. So I learned that whatever it is, you have to show up for the job, and power through.

MULLEN: Congrats on Season Two of Quantico premiering.
CHOPRA: Thanks, I’m excited.

MULLEN: How does it feel this time around? By that I mean, there wasn’t as much built-in hype around Season One. Now that there’s this huge fan base—does it ever feel nerve-wracking? Like you have to live up to people’s expectations?
CHOPRA: It feels better, actually, because there’s a certain loyalty that the show has, and a fan-base that the show has, and this year the show is better than last year, if I may say so myself. So I’m very confident about it. I think it will be a really good show, and I think people who have invested themselves into my character are going to be very happy with what they get to see.

MULLEN: You’re the first Indian woman to lead a primetime network show. And Alex is held up to be this feminist icon—does that ever feel like a lot of pressure?
CHOPRA: This role is exactly what I was looking for. I remember when I spoke to ABC, that’s exactly what I told them: I need to play these kind of parts. I don’t want to be a stereotype; I want a character that’s aspirational. To their credit, they made a great character on a great show. I seek out parts which are strong women. It’s not the quantity of a role; it’s the quality of a role. And I don’t ever want to do the same character twice. Variety excites me, which is a big reason why I wanted to play the villain in Baywatch, because I’m such a hero in Quantico, I needed to do something which was not similar to Alex.

MULLEN: I feel like Victoria in Baywatch is strong but in a different way.
CHOPRA: Yes, she is extremely feminine, very evil, extremely delectable, manipulative, patronizing. Which is not at all Alex. These are completely different people.

MULLEN: That must have been fun, to inhabit such a different character.
CHOPRA: It was so much fun. Seth Gordon, the director, is huge a collaborator, and same with Josh Safran, for that matter, on Quantico—I’ve been very fortunate that the people I’ve worked with have been such collaborators when it comes to my characters. It wasn’t ever difficult being Victoria, it was just creating. And the joy of creating is the truest joy. I don’t enjoy being told what to do, I’m not that kind of actor, I’m a thinking actor. I need to work with people who have the ability to do that. Both Seth and Josh really have a sense of belief in what I bring to the table. I’m very grateful that they have that in me.

MULLEN: How do you define a strong woman role? Is that’s something that’s been determined by the script, or do you give a character strength?
CHOPRA: Strength of character is already written. What we bring, as an actor, is an almost 3D-ness to it. It’s almost like a character is 2D, and then after I come in it becomes a 3D; it becomes alive. So what I bring into it is the essence of the character, and the soul of the character, how she walks and how she talks. But what she’s inherently doing needs to be written. And by strong I don’t mean ass-kicking, driving fast cars. Every character that I play, even if it’s a homemaker, there is an inherent, innate strength in her—you can find strength in every facet of a female personality. It doesn’t just come from the physical strength of a woman.

MULLEN: So in that same vein, how is Victoria strong in Baywatch?
CHOPRA: Victoria is strong because she has minions. She has people do her dirty work. She doesn’t look at how to get results, she just gets them. She doesn’t have morality. But also … it’s a comedy. [laughs]

MULLEN: Was that a fun movie to film?
CHOPRA: I was filming Quantico at the same time, so I had to go in and out. It was pretty insane. But everyone was amazing with me and my schedule. I’m so used to hopping in and out of character; even with Quantico I was filming Bajirao Mastani, so I was flying to India on the weekends. But it was so much fun to be able to create Victoria in Baywatch. It was awesome to bring that black evilness into their positive, beautiful world. [laughs]


Quantico is finally back with the season 2 premiere! I added screen captures from tonight’s episode at the link below.

Priyanka co-hosted the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park today. I’ve uploaded HQ pictures and the video below.

Episode 2.03 – Stescalade
The new CIA recruits continue training at The Farm; in the future, Alex infiltrates the terrorist group holding everyone hostage, and is shocked to learn not everyone is a stranger.

This morning Priyanka & Blair Underwood were on Good Morning America. I uploaded pictures from the set and of Priyanka arriving to GMA. You can also watch the interview below!

Bollywood actress, pop singer, American TV star, UNICEF ambassador, social crusader… Priyanka Chopra, who is successfully juggling careers and shuttling between two continents, is not just an international icon today but a global citizen in the true sense of the term. After making heads turn with her ‘princess’ moment as a presenter at the Emmys last week, the actress is adding another feather to her cap — she is co-hosting the Global Citizen Festival in New York today. Apart from sharing the stage with the who’s who of Hollywood, she will also talk about the Global Citizen Festival India, powered by The Times Of India, which will be held in Mumbai on November 19. The concert will see international artistes like Coldplay and Jay Z performing for the first time in the country. Priyanka spoke exclusively to Bombay Times about bringing the campaign here and the social issues that are close to her heart.

After presenting at the Oscars and Emmys this year, you’re now going to be hosting alongside some of the biggest Hollywood celebrities. You’re on a roll…
I keep setting higher standards for myself. I’m my own competition. My aim is to raise the bar and shatter the glass ceiling. I’ve always believed that no one can tell you that you can’t do something. I don’t know where I’m heading but I just want to keep walking. As far as the Global Citizen Festival in New York is concerned, I’m very excited. There are going to be some amazing performances. I’m co-hosting with Hugh Jackman, Salma Hayek Pinault and Neil Patrick Harris among others. Because of the Hindi film industry, I’ve got the opportunity to be on many global platforms, so I know my job and have trained well. What’s more exciting is that I’m going to talk about the Global Citizen Festival India on stage tonight. The concert in Mumbai will be very entertaining. Apart from international artistes, Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar and Katrina Kaif will also be a part of it.

How will this initiative help India?
What’s special about this campaign is that it gives people the ability to empower themselves. I think it’s important to have a concert like this in the country. The idea is to end extreme poverty by 2030. The initiative will focus on quality education, gender equality, and clean water and sanitation among other things. It’s tough, but at least people have taken an initiative to advocate to the crowd who will attend the concert. The tickets aren’t free; you will actually have to earn them by doing tasks. So, this isn’t just a event where celebrities will come and sing. That is just the reward. It’s the start of a movement.

Do you really think change can begin from a single individual?
Yes. It’s easy for us to just sit in our houses, twiddle our thumbs and ask, ‘What has this country done for me?’ Nobody ever asks what have they done for their country. Like Mahatma Gandhi said, be the change you wish to see. I believe in that. I’m someone who takes the bull by the horn — my career and life are examples of that. If you decide in your head that you want to make a change — whether for yourself, the people around you, the country or even the world — you can achieve it.

Among the various social causes that you support, you’re passionately involved in issues related to the girl child.
It’s astonishing that we’re in 2016 and even today, women are looked down as second-class citizens. When women achieve something, it’s received with so much surprise! The gender disparity is unbelievable, especially in India. People discriminate against their daughters and it saddens me because I come from a family where there was no such disparity. My father always let me do what I wanted to and didn’t expect me to conform to stereotypes. My grandmother used to tell me that I would never get married because I didn’t know how to make parathas. Luckily, my dad would tell her ‘She doesn’t need to know how to cook; she’s going to change the world. So, I will send a cook along with her.’ I hope that people start treating their daughters as symbols of honour. We should give women the opportunity to stand on their feet and change the world.

Will we see you share the stage with Coldplay and Jay Z at the Mumbai concert?
I am upset and annoyed that I won’t be able to attend the fest. That’s because I’m shooting in New York and will return to India only in December. Once I wrap up the second season of my American TV show, I will pack up everything in the US and come back to Mumbai. I am feeling very homesick.