The second season of Quantico (9 pm on Star World every monday) opened to mixed reviews and tame ratings, but that hasn't made Priyanka Chopra who plays the lead Alex Parrish on the show any less excited of being a part of the series. Breaking stereotypes on her very first American show, Priyanka talks about being open to criticism and her dream of making a debut on the popular Saturday Night Live. Here are experts from an exclusive chat with her...
You said that you don't want to stereotype yourself in the West, but are you now getting similar roles after your Quantico debut?
Do you know what roles I'm getting? Because I haven't announced anything yet! The roles and opportunities being offered are varied. Look at the two we know of… Alex (Quantico) and Victoria (Baywatch) are two very different characters. The genres of the show and the film are also different.I’m blessed that people have seen my work and understand my range… So far I’ve seen no hint of being stereotyped by either ethnicity or role in anyway.
How much of Alex Parrish is similar to the person that is Priyanka Chopra?
We have three things in common: Good hair, brows and our stubbornness! You can’t tell Alex or Priyanka that something can’t be done, because they will just go out and prove to you that it can! There are a few other little similarities but I’ll leave that to you to figure out. (ALSO READ: Priyanka Chopra on The Jimmy Kimmel Live or The Ellen Degeneres Show – which talk show appearance did you like the most?)
What is the one show you would binge watch on your holiday and why?
Depends on my mood really… I could watch Grey’s Anatomy, Narcos, Modern Family on a binge fest.
If Quantico had a desi version and you had to cast someone for Alex who would it be and why?
Why would I need to cast anyone else… I am Alex Parrish… In any language! After all, Quantico is syndicated in over 56 languages around the world!
Any plans to get any of your Quantico teammates to India?
Yasmin came with me to Mumbai earlier this year and all the others are also very keen to come visit. They’ve heard so much about India from me and also experienced so many of our traditions and food etc., that they are all so eager to come and see it in person.
How involved are you in the writing process? Do you give feedback to the way characters or plot lines have shaped up?
The Quantico writers are amazing and they come up with the craziest stuff. We pretty much let them loose to do their thing. But yes, when I have a point of view on something or disagree on a plotline or a character aspect, they are gracious enough to take my feedback and recommendation on board. I think it’s important to understand that we each have a specific task which we excel at, and put together we become a winning team.
If you had to cameo on any of the current American TV shows which would it be and why?
Saturday Night Live! I've been envious of JT ever since I watched him dance to Beyoncé's ‘Single Ladies’… I loved that. LOL… I'm not afraid to make fun of myself.
How long do you see Quantico run on the small screen?
We’ve got a whole lot of story left in us… Miles to go before we sleep.
What's the best and worst reaction you have received on the show so far?
You have to look at my Twitter feed for that… It’s the most interesting kind of feedback, real-time and raw! From memes to various theories, each week the reactions are just mind-blowing. The fact that the show generates all this conversation to me is a true measure of its success. We get our best reactions when we shock the audience with our plot twists… The kind they never see coming. We do have people who don’t like the show and I cannot honestly remember anything that was really awful feedback. It’s general stuff about what issues they had with a particular scene or character… Which to me is actually good because you feel the involvement in the show.
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