Priyanka Chopra had an interesting journey to fame and success as an actress. She left her country young, starred in numerous movies in Bollywood, and also some in Hollywood. Last year, she was the eighth top paid TV actress. On her way to worldwide domination, people are more and more interested in her private life. It really seems perfect. Let us explore some of the untold truth of the famous Indian actress.
A bully ruined her time in America
During a visit to the US as a 12 year old, her cousin who studied there accompanied her. “What my cousin was studying was really easy. I was like, ‘OK, I don’t even have to study, and I would get A’s,'” she told Glamour magazine. She liked America and decided to stay, living in Iowa, New York, Indianapolis and Boston.
In high school however, it became hard. “There was this girl who was a major bully. I think she didn’t like me because her boyfriend liked me, or some high school dynamic. She made my life hell,” she told the magazine. The bully told her things like “Brownie, go back to your country, you smell of curry.” She eventually did, but she would return one day.
A passion for music
The young star manages to find time for hobbies although she is very busy. In between Bollywood and Hollywood responsibilities, she loves to listen to music and sing. “Nineties music has influenced me tremendously. Movies became my profession, but music was always my heart, in a way, my passion,” she told Complex.
Chopra worked with some major music stars, like Pitbull for her track “Exotic,” as well as with Pharrell reportedly. One of her favorite artists is the legendary rapper Tupac Shakur. “I was supposed to be Mrs. Shakur. Then he died. Yeah, I wore black to school for 30 days.”
Grab the ice cream!
Chopra revealed that she has a hard time choosing her potential movies and projects. “There are times when I’ve made the wrong decision and it has blown up in my face,” she admitted. But how does she cure the sadness that critics and fans cause? “It takes a lot of tubs of ice cream to get me over that. I have not made friends with failure.”
Other than dessert, Chopra said how she “shuts down” during rough situations. “I go into a shell. My wrath is pretty bad too. When I’m upset with someone, it’s like they cease to exist. It’s cold and scary, which is unlike me in every other way.”
She will never get used to bad gossip
Chopra is fully aware of what it means to be in the public eye. Attention is however still rough for her. “It hurts, and people are so judgmental so soon, and without seeing things for what they really are, they make their mind up, and I think tabloid culture helps that, encourages it. I don’t think I’ve gotten used to it yet. I don’t think I ever will,” she shared on the matter.
She currently finds a safe space in keeping one important part of life to herself. “I have chosen to be a public person so I do owe a certain amount of my life to people who have made me who I am. So I keep my private life, it’s very private to me and I’m very protective of it ferociously, I think I keep just a little bit for myself and the rest of it can be for the whole world.”
The special tattoo
Chopra lost her father Ashok in 2013, who died of cancer. “It created a space in my heart which is empty and it’s always going to be. My dad was my biggest fan, my biggest supporter.”
Before his passing, he wrote “Daddy’s lil girl…” for her. She told him it was for her album cover. “He practiced and practiced so his hand wouldn’t shake, then he emailed it to me. I traced it and got the tattoo.” She wears the ink proudly on her right wrist.” When he saw it he cried, and was very emotional. I was being sassy like, ‘See, this was the only way you would allow me to get a tattoo.’ But we both knew it was a very emotional moment.”
A competitive nature
Chopra was competitive from the school days. “When I was in school in America, we had to paint a wall and I wanted to be the first one to complete it and I wanted my wall to be the best. My cousin who was with me said, ‘It’s just a wall, chill!'”. Her cousin could not get to her. “But I always want to be better, faster, quicker. I keep looking for things that are tough and I want to excel in them.”
Her first audition
As a pageant winner and a beautiful woman, Bollywood came to her with numerous opportunities. However, she never auditioned for a role. “Because I ended up being Miss World, I’m just casually putting that out there, in 2000, so people kind of knew who I was and [I] was cast in movies because it made sense. And then I just ended up doing a lot of them because I guess I was decent at my job.”
Her first audition was for Quantico, and she was extremely nervous. “So I talked to myself, completely cliché, in the bathroom before and said, ‘You’ve done 50 movies. What’s wrong with you?’ And I went in there, did my thing, and I got the job.” After this, she won a People’s Choice Award. Not a bad outcome after the first audition.
Beauty and brains
Chopra was excellent at school, and was “first in class” and an “honor student.” She dreamt of becoming an aeronautical engineer. “I wanted to study, I wanted to be in NASA, build planes. And it’s so ironic that I just literally live in one now.”
After graduating from high school, she pursued her educational dreams. “I did my first year of college in Mumbai and then I just couldn’t [continue], because I started working when I was 18 and was doing about four movies a year.” Even though she put off school for acting, she is helping young kids through The Priyanka Chopra Foundation for health and Education, which pays for schooling and medical care for children in her home country.
A strict household
As a teen, Chopra was skinny and gawky. After puberty and the return to India, she “grown in pretty much the right places.” Her curves brought all the boys to the yard. “My dad was terrified and he literally turned our house into a jail. He put wrought-iron bars on my windows — because one guy had jumped from another terrace on to my balcony — and a big lock on the front door.”
She could not wear “tight clothes or tight T-shirts,” one of the rules that strained their relationship described by her as a “big clash of egos.” Her mom however, entered her into a Miss India pageant.
No experience needed
Priyanka Chopra developed her acting skills without any help. “I’ve never received any formal training in acting or cinema nor do I belong to a film family; so for me, the biggest achievement is that my hard work and my family’s support have led me to the place I’m in today. I take great pride in that.”
Even though she amazes with her movies, she does sometime make mistakes. “I think I was a terrible actress when I started off as compared to what I’m now. I still have a lot to learn, but I believe that I’ve grown as an actress and I evolve constantly. I always had the hunger to learn and become better at what I do — just like a sponge, trying to absorb as much knowledge as possible.”
We can agree that she absolutely crushed it in the role of Alex Parrish on the Quantico series, and also turned heads in Bollywood films Fashion and Dostana.
She loves a ‘cerebral’ guy
In July of this year, People magazine reported that Chopra got engaged to actor and singer Nick Jonas on her 36th birthday, after only two months of dating. Even though it seems quick, Nick does check all of the important boxes on the must-have list for a Priyanka Chopra date. “I like to be given attention, not like creeper-worthy attention, that would freak me out. But I like to be pursued and wooed,” she shared on the topic of dating.
She also said that dumb jocks do not attract her, “And if he’s not cerebral, if he’s not smart and cannot engage me, then it cannot happen. That’s the biggest, most important thing for me. I’m very mushy, I love romance.” Well, we guess that she finally found a guy worthy of her!