Priyanka Chopra sat down with Variety during her cover shoot for the Power of Women L.A. issue to discuss working with UNICEF, what she would have been if she wasn't an actor, and the similarities between her and her "Quantico" character, Alex."I think Alex and me have sort of blurred now, the lines have blurred, we've become similar people," she said in our "Variety Uncovered Presented by Dermstore" video. "She's a lot more broken that me, she's a little bit detached....
Although she had envisioned an engineering career, Chopra changed direction after winning the 2000 Miss World Pageant, when she received offers to act in Indian films. Variety’s Derek Elley praised her “solid screen debut” in Bollywood with 2003’s “The Hero: Love Story of a Spy.” But her career took off after she played the love interest in Hrithik Roshan’s “Krrish” in 2006.
Chopra moved to U.S. television. She stars in ABC’s “Quantico,” which will return for a third season. The network is also developing a comedy with her to executive produce about a former Bollywood star. Chopra voiced Kaa in 2016’s live-action “Jungle Book” and starred in the “Baywatch” film. She still acts in Indian films including “Bajirao Mastani,” which came out in 2015.
Besides her acting, Chopra also takes time to sing and has released three singles — “In My City,” which aired during NFL games; “Exotic,” with Pitbull; and “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” a cover of Bonnie Raitt’s song. But she has signed a contract with DesiHits for a record to be released by Interscope Records in North America and Island Records in the rest of the world.
She has set up her own production company, Purple Pebble Pictures, which released “Ventilator,” a Marathi-language film in 2016.
Chopra is also active philanthropically and is a global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights. She has her own foundation, the Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education, which helps needy kids.