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A year ago, Priyanka Chopra was being trotted out on stage at ABC’s upfront presentation alongside the network’s biggest stars — Shondaland’s Ellen Pompeo and Kerry Washington. It was the first step in a long journey the Bollywood star and former Miss World 2000 took in her efforts to continue her global rise to stardom as the star of an American TV series.

In the year since, ABC’s Quantico became one of the breakout freshman dramas of the 2015-16 broadcast season, with Chopra’s image plastered across the country on billboards and busses. Today, Chopra is spending her hiatus from Quantico on the set of Baywatch, where she’s co-starring opposite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron.

After detailing her incredible journey to last year’s upfronts — from series pickup to hitting the ABC afterparties, Chopra returns to write a follow-up guest column for THR in which she details the seven biggest lessons she learned in the past year.

As the curtains came down on season one of Quantico on Sunday, it was a culmination of an incredible journey that began almost a year ago. I’m no clairvoyant, which is evident by the fact that I could not have predicted the outcome to this particular journey … not by a long-shot! There is no way I could have predicted the amazing reception and support that Quantico has received this season or even the way that I have been welcomed into the fold here in America.

I started out with just a desire to try something new lodged in my head; with hope of making new connections, building in my heart and a fist full of determination, carried in my hands! That’s all I packed for on this trip to a new tomorrow.

It’s been, as clichéd as it sounds, a rollercoaster ride. It’s not the gentle little thrill you find at your local county fair … but a knock-your-socks-off, screaming-for-your-life ride of a lifetime. Every turn, every stomach-churning drop and every steep climb on those tracks thought me a new lesson, each of which has been seared into my memory.

Here are a few of my most important lessons.
• Don’t restrict the “view” for yourself. Be focused but not myopic … think about the bigger picture.

• The world is smaller than you think. Since I came from another part of the world, I expected many differences in the way things worked but at the end of the day, there actually were more similarities between the American and Indian entertainment industry. The same chaos, creativity, passion and genius all around. The most obvious distinction being the language with which I delivered my lines.

• Familiarity and comfort can sometimes weigh you down. Being very far away from anything familiar is very difficult and to be able to start from scratch was very hard for me but at the same time it gave me a new perspective on many things. I think it made me more aware and actually helped with my performance.

• TV is brutal. I’m a film girl. We have specific time frames and we take our time to create; we breathe! TV is frenetic more so because of the sheer amount of content that needs to be created for every episode times 22! The hours are killer, the pace nonstop. No one sent me the memo.

• Every week is judgment day. With feature films, it’s a one-time judgment once your film is premiered. Reviews, box office and then you move on to the next project. With TV, you are being rated and judged weekly for an eight-month stretch.

• Trust in yourself. Any transition is easier if you believe in yourself and your talent.

• Hard work and perseverance. Take it everywhere you go!

Has it been worth it? Hell yeah! I miss home. I miss being back on set for a film back in India. I miss my friends. I miss my dog. But I’ve also created a new home (one that fits into a suitcase). I’ve made new friends. Shot for a feature film here (playing Baywatch’s bad girl) and made many of my friends’ pets my own. I know now that I can balance between my two worlds. It’s not easy but I’ve found my way.

Quantico has been renewed for a second season and that in itself is a special feeling. It’s the ultimate stamp of approval from the audience and the network powers that be. We created something special and we get to do it all over again. What more can a girl ask for?

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What’s coming up in the Quantico finale? — Michele
EP Josh Safran wants viewers to pay attention to a key scene between Alex and another character we’ve met many times, who will be “the tie between season 1 and season 2,” he says. In other words, it won’t just be Alex acting as the bridge into next year.

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Actor Priyanka Chopra has been lucky so far; fashion critics all over the world have given her thumbs up for all her looks on the red carpet. But the actor reveals that she doesn’t take the red carpet too seriously and lets her mood dictate her clothes.

Though she has her stylist helping her to a large extent, Priyanka prefers to wear clothes that aren’t too “fashion forward”. “I rely on my stylist completely to procure the clothes, but I finally decide which outfit to go with. I always decide my outfit depending on my mood and that has been a big reason why my red carpet appearances aren’t majorly fashion forward. I don’t consider myself a fashionista but I like to be the best version of myself. So I have to wear what I feel best in. I always have three options ready because I change my mind all the time and that is my birth right as a woman. You have to be on the red carpet feeling most special because as soon as you pretend to be something you are not, people see through it and then you end up looking stiff. I need to enjoy myself on the red carpet and that is very important,” she says.

Priyanka is extremely grateful for what she has achieved and wouldn’t trade this for anything in the world. But at the same time, though she enjoys being in the limelight since she started acting, there are moments she wishes to live a normal life.

“There are times when I would like to be just another person. I am not saying I don’t want to be Priyanka Chopra. But personally, when there is a crisis to deal with, I feel like I am just another girl with usual problems. So, sometimes, it gets overwhelming to not be able to explain to the world when I walk out about how I am actually feeling. You are expected to have a pleasant demeanour and you always have to be the star that people expect you to be. That can sometimes get taxing,” Priyanka says.

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Mumbai, May 6 () Priyanka Chopra might be flying high with her Hollywood projects but back home her mother Madhu believes the actress would be equally willing to star in regional cinema.
The “Bajirao Mastani” star has produced a Bhojpuri film along with her mother titled “Bam Bam Bol Raha Hai Kashi”.

The film is produced under their banner Purple Pebble Pictures.

When asked if she would like Priyanka to star in a Bhojpuri film, Madhu told reporters, “If someone comes up with a good project, she has nothing against regional cinema. She has done Tamil and Telugu films. But some story should come to her which will turn into a good product.”

Madhu said Priyanka believes in good work irrespective of the region or boundaries.

“She anyway has said that ‘I do not belong to any particular region.’ Whether it’s anywhere in the world or India, she will do good projects.”

The 33-year-old actress starred in the American TV series “Quantico” and is filming the Hollywood movie “Baywatch”.

Madhu says she is extremely proud of her daughter, who was recently honoured with the Padma Shri.

“As her mother I am very proud of her. She has worked so hard and got recognition not only for herself, or her family but for the entire country. Everyone looks at her as a representative of India, that people like her are in the country. I am extremely proud of her.”

“Bam Bam Bol Raha Hai Kashi” features Bhojpuri star Dinesh Lal Yadav aka Nirahua as the main lead.

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When the call came asking acclaimed Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, 33, to star as an FBI recruit in ABC’s Quantico, she couldn’t resist.

“I’m a big American TV fan,” she says. “I watch Narcos, Fargo, Mr. Robot… Plus, Quantico is such a cool show, and my character is such an independent woman—it’s great to be able to play a role like that.”

Despite having never worked in television before, Chopra—who has more than 50 Bollywood films to her credit—is certainly familiar with the pace. She makes up to four movies a year, shooting in India as well as faraway locations like Australia and the U.K. And that’s on top of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and occasional newspaper columnist. “I don’t really believe in taking vacations,” she jokes.

She’s not kidding. In addition to wrapping Season 1 of Quantico—which has become a huge hit for the network—she’s signed on for a major part in the upcoming Baywatch film, alongside Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. Luckily, she doesn’t foresee any problems wearing one of the franchise’s trademark red bikinis.

“In India, you can wear anything and be sexy,” she says. “A sari or a swimsuit will work as long as it’s mysterious.”

Men’s Fitness caught up with Chopra between takes of Quantico to get the latest on her sense of individuality, what it means to be sexy, and how she brings her Indian background to American primetime.

Your character on Quantico certainly stands out among American broadcast dramas. What’s that like for you?
It’s a very relevant show because it embraces diversity in a huge way, and, at the same time, feminism. I play an Indian-American girl. The Yasmin character is a Hijabi FBI agent. The characters are very progressive—that’s the best form of television. It’s not the kind of show that is ‘Art’ but it doesn’t take television for granted.

I’m an artist. I speak Indian and English, and so art is never restricted by borders or language. As long as you’re an artist you can conform to being anyone. I’m an Indian woman but I’m playing an American woman. If something interesting comes along, of course I’ll do it. I’m looking at doing two films this year.

You’re a veteran of film. What has the jump to TV been like for you?
Features are a little more languid, whereas TV is like a factory. It’s crazy hours. Beside that, that the chaos of film making is the same everywhere. It’s all the same everywhere.

You must be extraordinarily busy.
Let’s just say I’m in the process of figuring out a bunch of things right now, whether Indian movies or American. Because of the extension of Quantico, my scheduling is a nightmare.

Acting is what I do most and what I’ve known more than half of my life. But I’m a creative person and creativity can never be boxed. Besides acting, I’m producing films in India. I just produced a mobile web series in India. I write blogs. I try and express myself in the best ways I can.

Your Quantico character is serious, but also exudes a sense of sexuality. What does that mean for you? How do you achieve that as an actress?
Sexy is what sexy does. Sexy doesn’t have anything to do with how many clothes you wear or how you walk. Sexy is about confidence and style. Which inherently anyone can teach themselves, It’s walking with a sense of yourself. And that turns heads in a room. I’m a very individual person. I’ve never followed a particular style in the past. I’m just comfortable being me.

I do come from the land of kama sutra. In India, the idea of sexy is more about how you feel. That’s what I was taught living in India. And that applies to the movies we do as well. There’s always an appreciation of the female form. It’s something every culture has of its own. It’s understated but at the same time it’s extremely seductive.

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WARNING: The following contains spoilers from season 1 of Quantico. Read at your own risk!

After a season on the run and in the dark, FBI agent Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra) will finally get answers — and some sooner than expected. “You’ll know everything,” executive producer Joshua Safran promises. “Before the finale, you’ll learn who [attacked New York], and in the finale, you’ll learn why and how.”

As Sunday’s episode revealed, Drew (Lenny Platt) is behind the Voice, manipulating Alex and Shelby (Johanna Braddy) into planting incriminating evidence into Ryan’s (Jake McLaughlin) laptop and driving away the nuclear bomb built by Will (Jay Armstrong Johnson). So with that, viewers now know who was behind the attacks — but that doesn’t mean the twists are over.

“One of the things you might not know until the finale is how many,” Safran teases. “Some people might be excited at just [answering] who, but we are excited about how and why. The show has been about, what makes someone a terrorist? What makes someone want to protect their country? What makes someone an American? That’s what we saved for the finale.”

To fill in those blanks, the drama’s season capper will bring back familiar faces, like academy burnout Elias (Rick Cosnett), and will include an epilogue with two time jumps that wrap up the story. “I’m not a fan of cliffhangers,” Safran explains. “We’re not leaving anyone’s life in the balance.”

Case in point: With two episodes left, Safran explains that “the last true Quantico episode” — in which we see the NATs train in the Academy during the present timeline — will happen in episode 21, with episode 22, the season finale, showing their graduation. Stories will wrap up there, while in New York, “it’s a non-stop [ride], the end of the rollercoaster,” he says. “It’s the last drops.”

Those last drops will also look ahead to season 2 through the introduction of a critical new character in the final minute and work up to a second season that will maintain the two-timeline structure, but connect them using a central catastrophe. “There will be a crisis that is ongoing that needs to be solved, that characters will find themselves in the midst of, but unlike season 1 — when Alex didn’t know while she was at Quantico that someone might be a terrorist — season 2 will be more integrated,” Safran says. “The present-day timeline will be all about how we believe this crisis is going to happen, and you’ll see it happening in the future.”

The remaining episodes of Quantico season 1 air Sundays on ABC at 10 p.m. ET, with the season finale airing May 15.

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Will Smith, Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev and Kendall Jenner were all there at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday, but Priyanka Chopra still managed to hold her own on the red carpet at one of Washington DC’s biggest and most glamorous galas in a sexy black Zuhair Murad gown with ruffles, sheer panels and a deep decolletage. “When in Rome do as the Romans do. I am an Indian in America so I decided to go with the attire of the people here and I’m glad that the gown has been appreciated and has made it to the best dressed lists,” the actress exults from across seven seas.

Just a few weeks ago, PeeCee had made another style statement with a sunshine yellow hand-woven sari when accepting the Padma Shri. She admits that she is really fond of the sari and was happy to wear one when receiving the coveted national honour back home. “For me the biggest excitement was being at the Rashtrapati Bhavan with President Pranab Mukherjee and at the White House with President Barack Obama in the same month,” she points out.

While she is not willing to talk about her interactions with the Hollywood A-listers, she is happy to discuss the charming Obama and his funny and entertaining speech. What did they talk about? “He spoke about his visit to India and our Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to America. He was very warm and gracious and it felt really nice to be recognised as an Indian actress,” she admits.

Priyanka also had a few words with First Lady Michelle Obama. “She has been doing some work on the girl’s education programme and so am I. We had a conversation about it on Saturday. Hopefully something will come out of it,” she reveals, but firmly dismisses the question of campaigning for the upcoming US elections. “I am apolitical and while I have opinions, I am not an American citizen with voting rights so I don’t see a role for myself in the country’s politics.”

Do people there know that she is Padma Shri Priyanka Chopra now? Pointing out that different countries have different cultures and Americans have to be appraised of what’s important to Indians and vice versa, she laughs, “But I am really proud of the honour and keep talking about it all the time.” Does this means that she will agree to be India’s brand ambassador? The actress argues that while her team has been spoken to there has been no official intimation on this so there is no point speculating about something which is still hypothetical.

“I’m a proud Indian and I would be happy to represent my country, anywhere, anytime. I’ve been doing it since I was 17,” points out the former Miss World who recently made it to the Time magazine cover as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Her TV series, Quantico, has made her a household name in the West, followed by the Baywatch movie in which she plays the antagonist. Quiz her on the latter and she reminds you that she has played negative characters in a few Hindi films in the past, including Aitraaz. “People were expecting me to play the heroine in my first Hollywood film but I don’t like being conventional.

It’s fun taking on all the six lifeguards, the entire Baywatch team,” she chuckles. So will we see her in the famous red swimsuit? “Since I am not one of the lifeguards I won’t be wearing the red swimsuit. Wether I wear one or not is something you will have to wait and watch,” she says enigmatically.

With all the offers coming her way in the West, will she get further distanced from India? Priyanka reasons that she has been successfully balancing her career in the US and India for the last few years without having to choose between one and the other and will continue to do so. “Hindi films are in my blood and my soul, I can never be distanced from them,” she avers.

There’s been talk of her playing Amrita Pritam in the Sahir biopic being produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and a directorial with Sanjay himself. She admits that he’s her favourite filmmaker. “If he comes to me with something there’s no question of saying no. Over the last one year I have been filming Bajirao Mastani, Gangaajal and now Baywatch along with Quantico. It’s been difficult.

I have been flying down to India for a day and back. After all the hard work and long hours I need a family vacation. I will be flying back next month and will be home for a month-and-a-half before I return n July for the second season of Quantico. That’s when I will decide what films to take on. One thing however is clear, after Quantico I won’t be doing another TV show,” she rings off.

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Wondering what Priyanka Chopra discussed with US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Sunday? Well, the Bollywood star who is busy filming her Hollywood debut Baywatch has spilled the beans.

The 33-year-old actress, who found global recognition with her character Alex Parrish in the American TV series Quantico, shared a photograph of herself along with the two. “Lovely to meet the very funny and charming Barack Obama and the beautiful Michelle Obama,” Priyanka captioned the photograph.

The US President looked dapper in a black suit and crisp white shirt which he teamed with a black bow tie, while Michelle looked lovely in an embellished beige gown. “Thank you for a lovely evening. Cannot wait to start working on your girls education program,” Priyanka added.

The education programme that Priyanka alluded to is Michelle’s initiative and is called ‘Let Girls Learn’. It aims to empower 62 million girls worldwide, who at present do not go to school, so that they can get their education. The US President is also a passionate supporter of the cause.

Launched in 2015, it funds community girls’ education projects like girls’ leadership camps and school bathrooms; educating girls in conflict zones; and address poverty, HIV, and other issues that keep girls out of school.

The 2016 White House Correspondents’ dinner, which was President Obama’s last in office, was hosted by comedian Larry Wilmore. The annual fund-raising gathering of White House correspondents and their guests was also attended by the likes of Hollywood stars Kerry Washington, Emma Watson, Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett, Michelle Dockery and Kendall Jenner.

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