She conquered Bollywood, broken Hollywood, married a pop superstar, and gained millions of followers and now she publishes a memoir in the spotlight
Priyanka Chopra Jonas looks flawless ???? perfect skin, beautiful face, absolutely serene and with the flawlessly muted silk shirt I’ve ever seen In the background a fire roars invitingly; At her side, out of sight of Zoom, her mother Madhu lies on the floor and trains. This is life as an idyll
Former Miss World and Bollywood Hollywood star talks about her memoir, Unfinished, and she’s quick to point out that there is so much unfinished business out there in many ways, barely starting at 38, Chopra Jonas has her fingers in so many Cake How would she describe herself? I am an entertainer and that is divided into an actor, producer, author, entrepreneur. And I deal with technology I would say, I am a multi-hyphenator by professionâ ????
And there are few people who use multiple hyphens like Chopra. In addition to being a movie star, she has made Indian and American films invests in Bumble, the dating app women are taking the first step in; launched a vegan hair care range; founded the Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education to support disadvantaged children in India; and was named a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador in 2016
Home is usually Mumbai and Los Angeles, but in 2021 she lives in London where she is making a couple of movies and an Amazon Studios TV series, Citadel, in which she plays a “really cool super spy” ???? Dana, her US publicist, joins Zoom and Tory, her book publisher Tory explains that they are only here to help and jump in if necessary
Chopra Jonas tells me that she is worried about the book In Unfinished, she says she has bared her soul This is not a reminder of: Here are me and my laurels and successes ???? In this book I dissect my flaws, my vulnerability, my feelings, the times I went back to my room and cried on my pillow that surprised me I never discuss this stuff I don’t even discuss it with my family and here I discuss it with the world, so I’m scared, Simon I’m scared ???? She laughs the way she often does at the end of a sentence It’s all just so personal It’s shocking to me Ah, I’ll pull it back Hahahaha! Â ????
It’s true; She reveals a lot about herself Chopra Jonas writes about being belittled at a young age because her skin was dark and how it made her lighten her complexion there’s the racial abuse she witnessed living in the US with her aunt as a teenager, and the misogyny she faced in Bollywood she’s been studying in her underwear her doomed attempt to establish herself as a pop star in the United States the relationships that failed because she submitted to make friends happy; and the deep depression she experienced after her father died
But Unfinished is not quite as bleak or revealing as she thinks She finds plenty of room for success Chopra Jonas has triumphed through a mixture of talent and extraordinary drive. Despite scornful directors, she starred in numerous Bollywood hits such as Fashion (in which she played the ruthless supermodel Meghna), 7 Khoon Maaf (serial killer Susanna) and Barfi! (autistic heiress Jhilmil), to name just three. Finally, did she fall in love with the American pop king? Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, whom she married at a star wedding in 2018
Despite the U.S.’s early reluctance to embrace her, she became the first Indian actress to direct an American television series (Quantico on ABC) and is now starring in blockbusters like upcoming science fiction sequel The Matrix 4 In hers In her latest film, The White Tiger, which she also produced, she is perfect as Pinky, a liberal New Yorker undone by her privilege and hypocrisy The film, which she noted on social media, is now in 64 countries in Netflix’s top 10 list
Also unfinished is a love letter to their mother and father who were doctors in the Indian military.They tell funny stories about how to be a father’s girl She was so desperate for his attention that she stuck a bug in his ear once while he was sleeping (he had to have surgery to get him out) and so interested in being a mini me that she decided she shaved her face and it finally took eight stitches. Does she still have the scar? She points to a thin white line on her chin. What did her mother do when she found out? Chopra Jonas interrupts Madhu’s practice to ask
Is she charming, funny and open when we are on news? Discussing a life in which little is planned and everything happens by chance She is less so when we turn
What is clear from the book is her wild ambition, I say she nods I had the ambition to win Everyone likes to win, but I just loved to win I wanted to be the one to do what no one else does ???? When she was seven she was sent to boarding school.She hated it at first and then thrived.I was never meek, I was never shy.I was always the one who raised my hand, always the one who volunteered for debates, speeches, dancing, stage shows Provided to be a monitor however I just wanted to stand out and not be part of a group, not part of everyoneâ ????
Chopra Jonas wanted to become an aerospace engineer Then when she was 17 her younger brother suggested entering a beauty pageant (he was keen to see her roll off so he could inherit her bedroom) Chopra Jonas says she was unsure when she won Miss India in 2000. She won Miss World later that year
“It wasn’t a goal” It wasn’t even a thought in my head I thought there was no way I was going to win, definitely not for the beauty The girls that participated this year were really the most beautiful girls that i have ever seen one ???? Why did she win? I thought my strengths were my eloquence, the way I think, the confidence I can talk to everyone Beauty it never wasâ ????
Does she think beauty pageants are demeaning? “What do festivals in general stand for? Yes, I agree that women shouldn’t be judged just by their looks”But Miss World was very clear about beauty with a purpose. It was a lot about your opinion, how you speak, how you can connect with people, your compassion. All of these things were in the foreground instead of pecking your eyebrows or your best dress too wearâ ????
In the book she says one of the biggest “missteps” In her career, she made a number of advertisements for skin lightening creams, “I can’t go back and change what I’ve done, but I can apologize and I sincerely do.””She writes Chopra Jonas hasn’t always been that open about her relationship with skin lightening products. Last year an old interview popped up in which she said,” I’m very proud to be gloomy myself. I would never say you have to be fair and that is the only way you’ll be beautiful for not endorsing thata ???? A video of the interview was cut with her Ponds and Garnier ads, and critics on social media called her a hypocrite
The Ponds commercial featured her as a dark-skinned woman losing her husband to a fair-skinned woman. She starts using the cream, her skin turns white and she wins her husband back. How did she feel when she first saw it saw? Actually I was sad I saw myself through my 13 year old eyes as I made preparations to lighten my skin tone in my bathrooma ???? Eventually she walked away from both brands
They have a huge following on social media, I say â ???? 27 million on Twitter and 50 million on Instagram “Sixty” she corrects me Does she have more influence than many politicians? You are using the right word, Simon It’s only an influence It’s an influence to provoke people’s thoughts We can influence the thinking, an ideaâ ????
Does she think there is such a thing as too much influence? It is a responsibility to influence being on the right side of the world, of life. At the same time, it is very important to realize that we are entertainers We are not policymakers. Sometimes people confuse the two. Sometimes we attract a crowd and tell people what we think is right, but there has to be a split between people who actually change laws and influencersâ ????
Does she ever mix up the two? In 2019, Chopra Jonas surely provoked people when she tweeted “Jai Hind” on???? Meaning “victory to India” or “Long live India” a ???? alongside the hashtag #IndianArmedForces following a series of air strikes by India that sparked a Pakistani response and escalated hostilities between the nuclear-armed countries Pakistani Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari said Chopra had dismissed her Unicef role because of her comments on the war Was this tweet an example of her being irresponsible about her influence or was she glad she said it because she was being honest?
Dana replies on her behalf: “Simon, if we could go on, that would be ideal”I don’t want to put Priyanka in a position where she responds in a way that would jeopardize our relationship with her philanthropic partners”
I’m looking at Chopra Jonas Is that right Priyanka? Do you not want to answer? Silence
“She will, but I don’t want her to reply” Says Dana I would just prefer to move on from this question if you don’t mindâ ????
OK, I say, but are you concerned that if you are pronounced this way it could harm your career, especially in the age of “culture breakup”? In a more sad rather than angry tone, she starts talking about the haters on social media who only see negatives in the world.My relationship with social media has changed because of the hatred and negativity.I’m just an actor Look, we are alive in a world where the culture of dropping out is so big because it’s easier to hate someone than to take a minute to understand why someone is saying and doing what they do
“I’ve always been someone who believes in the goodness of people, but it seems like the world is moving on, that we’re scared of each other and we ‘I’m just looking for the worst of each other, which brings it, some trolls that choose to live in the dark, give credibility while having such a large sea of followers and having so much fun with them? So I forked it and I live in the lightâ ????
Now it seems to be time to call me off “Can we go to the last question because we only have five minutes left?” Says Tory
But I was promised an hour, I say, and we only had 48 minutes I manage to hold on, But the supernatural serenity is gone. In the book, Chopra Jonas, who is valued at £ 35 million, talks about the Importance of networking to get ahead When she was in the same hotel as Narendra Modi, India’s far-right, populist, Hindu-nationalist prime minister, she took the opportunity to arrange a meeting with him, whether because she admired his politics or because she thought such a powerful man could help her? “Neither nor,” she says curtly, “Because he is the Prime Minister of the country of which I am a citizen”We happened to be in the same hotel and I had met the Prime Minister at a social event earlier and had free time in the morning and that was it. It was really very easy a ???? Modi later attended their wedding
In 2019 she told the Times that one day she would love to do his job, “Oh, I was a wink” She says it didn’t sound like she was joking, I say I consider myself apolitical as much as I can I prefer to be humanitarianâ ????
Right now she’s saying that there are more immediate goals – ???? not least her career in the US It was a bold move to go from Queen of Bollywood to the would-be in Hollywood And a painful one, she says It was terrifying because I felt a lot of pressure with the chatter I read online about failure I didn’t really have a precedent from anyone else There is the fear of falling on your face and eating dirt, but there is also the exhilaration of winning when it happensa ???? And as is the case with Chopra Jonas, she won
So what is most unfinished for Chopra Jonas? She is staggering from her priorities: her philanthropic foundation; getting the kind of complex lead roles in US films she got in Bollywood (“I’m still working on a formidable career in Hollywood”); Creating high quality South Asian content as a producer, especially for women; Starting a family She talked about a cricket team of kids Today she poo-poos that “I said that 10 years ago” I don’t know why that quote comes up again. I said that before I even met my husbandâ ?? ??
Chopra Jonas has regained her equanimity I ask her if she can describe the beautiful gold hoop earrings she wears She laughs I just thought they were cute I don’t think things over as much as you think Simon Hahahaha! Â ????
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