Priyanka Chopra stars as rookie FBI agent Alex Parrish in “Quantico,” which bowed Sept. 27 on ABC. The Mark Gordon Co. drama from Joshua Safran centers around FBI recruits who must deal with a terrorist attack that implicates one of them. Chopra, who is a huge star in Bollywood, and also a singer, started her showbiz career after winning the Miss World beauty pageant in 2000.
What’s the difference between working in Indian films and in the U.S.?
I’ve shot all over the world, with crews from all over the world. The work ethic is the same. Bollywood is my career; it’s what I do. I have three movies in India, and this new show in the U.S.
I feel like a freshman in high school again. We have an amazing cast and crew; they know I’m alone without family, and they take care of me.
Do you get to improvise?
I’m good with reading lines, and I know Alex’s character. The writers are the backbone in television, like in film, but eventually as an actress, I can bring something.
What about your musical career?
I have no down time; we work six days a week. I’m working on (Bollywood film) “Bajirao Mastani” for Sanjay Leela Bhansali, so I go to India for a few days and fly back. I have no time to write songs. I sang the “Sunday Night Football” theme song two years in a row — my first part in American culture, although I still don’t know anything about American football.