I Am Trying To Push Us, As a Society, To Becoming Colorblind: Priyanka Chopra


I Am Trying To Push Us, As a Society, To Becoming Colorblind: Priyanka Chopra

We know that Priyanka Chopra is busy with her Hollywood projects Quantico and Baywatch. In an interview with Esquire magazine, Priyanka Chopra explains why she is not thrilled to be known as a ‘Bollywood celebrity’.

PC said, “I’m proud of being Indian, but I don’t think I need to be labeled based on where I am from. It’s divisive in many ways, and we’re already so divided. By saying ‘Bollywood’—first of all, we’re not an offshoot of Hollywood, we’re the Indian film industry that produces a tremendous array of films every year—it’s using a word that encapsulates a stereotype of what we are. And we don’t really do that with any other countries. We don’t say, ‘Spanish celebrity Penelope Cruz’ or ‘Italian star Sophia Loren.’ So why make it a defining point for me? I’m trying to be global and trying to push us, as a society, to becoming colorblind, and so I’m very grateful to ABC for casting me in Quantico. It was based on my merit, not on my ethnicity. The part wasn’t written for an Indian girl, it was just written for an ass-kicking, mess of a girl, and I happen to portray her best.”

PC also spoke about how she has changed over the years. She said, “In my 20s, I used to have a lot more energy! I was this skydiving, bungee-jumping adrenaline junkie. I don’t know what happened to me! Now that I’m in my early 30s, I’ve put all that energy into my work, although I’m still a little ridiculous. In your 30s, you’re sensible enough to know better, but still stupid enough to do stupid things. “