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The weight of accountability is not lost on me. Speaking about becoming an Indian ambassador in Hollywood, Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

An Indian superstar discusses her transition to the West and her efforts to carve out a niche with her new music.


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After nearly two decades in the industry, Priyanka Chopra Jonas found that she enjoyed roles that required her to throw a punch or two. So when the opportunity to star in a spy thriller, Citadel, by the Russo Brothers arose last year, the former Miss World didn’t hesitate to say yes.

The actor, who has become well-known in the West, recently gave an interview with Filmfare in which she discussed her newest projects, inverting the script, and the portrayal of India abroad.

Chopra Jonas, speaking of her co-star on Citadel, says, “It’s a good thing Richard and I get along, first of all.” That helped a great deal. When it comes to getting ready, I’m a girl who likes to do her homework. I always put in a lot of prep time before seeing a show. To that end, I will inquire numerous times. Please tell me all about my personality.

She elaborated, saying, “It connected when we were performing these table readings, and I realized that he’s also an actor who did his preparation and cared. He stayed behind the scenes and merely recited his lines. That’s when I realized we could depend on each other for support. We were there for each other. That was very helpful.

Chopra Jonas stated that the players in Hollywood could do much more to promote diversity in the industry. When you think about leading ladies, how many Indian actresses come to mind? We have seen hardly any newcomers to Hollywood in recent years. In the past five years, a large number of actors have expressed a desire to move away from supporting roles. The Baywatch star admitted, “I did.” I didn’t want to be one of those token Indians, Asians, etc. that prove the cast is diverse. That’s not something I wished for. And I know many of my coworkers feel the same way.

Chopra Jonas went on to say that she has had numerous meetings with producers, during which she has explicitly advised them not to cast her in clichéd roles. “I don’t want to do it,” she said. I’m going to put in a lot of effort for you since I know what I’m doing. I promise to show up on set and give you at least ten percent, if not twenty percent, more than you requested. I’m not frightened of hard labor, so I’ll be more successful in this role than anyone else you’ve tried. Selling oneself is necessary.

She continued, “And I hope that maybe by seeing me and other female South Asian talents at the forefront, for example, Simone Ashley in Bridgerton, Mindy Kaling in The Mindy Project and everything else she’s doing, or Deepika Padukone, by seeing a lot more of us, Hollywood will get used to the fact that this is normal. It is neither unique nor uncommon. I’d like to think that’s a legacy my generation of actresses leaves for the next.

Chopra Jonas has been an advocate for India on a global stage ever since she competed in the Miss World competition. When I was 17 years old, I competed in Miss World on behalf of India for the first time. At the time, it was a terrible sensation since… I speak for a country with a population of a billion. “That’s insane!” she exclaimed.

“I didn’t realize the seriousness of the situation at the time. As my career developed, though, I realized that the initial idea had grown into something much larger than I could have ever imagined. It’s expanded beyond “Priyanka Chopra is a movie actress. “That’s not lost on me at all. I’ve become more careful in my decision-making as a result. I’ve been quite strategic in my decision-making,” the actor said.

Chopra Jonas ended their conversation by sharing the words of wisdom she wished she could have shared with her younger self. Relax, is what I’d advise. Truthfully, it’s not that terrible. The slightest of things used to bother me greatly. As a sensitive cancer, I would withdraw inside myself. Before, I was easily emotionally wounded. “It was hard to get up and go to work because I felt like such a failure or a missed opportunity was a huge weight on my shoulders,” she added.

Especially back when I was a young filmmaker in my twenties. There was no one I knew. Even though I was a nervous wreck, I got to work alongside some of the biggest actors I’d seen on TV since I was a kid. The only piece of advice I would give the girl is that she will be fine. Try to lighten up and have fun with it.

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