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MUMBAI: Actress Priyanka Chopra, who is making her international debut with ABC’s television show Quantico, says she has her personal reason to go global. The reason: racism and bullying she faced when she was in the US as a teenager.
Priyanka has point to prove with her role as an FBI agent in Quantico
The actress tells Miss Malini, “My tryst with the international world has been very personal for me. When I went to school in America, there was a lot of stereotypes attached to Indian people. I was bullied a lot. I witnessed a lot of racism and that’s exactly why I came back to India. I was 16 years old. I was called a ‘Brownie’ and some even told me, “Go back to where you came from.”
Priyanka says, “At that point in time, I couldn’t deal with it. So when these international opportunities came to me, beginning with my music, I decided to try and bring relevance to Indian talent because I was given the opportunity. ‘’
The actress says she insisted the kind of role I wanted to do in Quantico.
“When they came to me for this deal about some show, I told them very clearly that I’d do it if you cast me as an ethnically ambiguous part. I mentioned that the fact that I am an Indian should have nothing to do with the story, cast me an actor. And they did. They found me a part which is half Indian and half Caucasian. I play an FBI agent and the story has nothing to do with my big family or me wearing henna or any of those stereotypes. I play an American girl and I have an American accent. ‘’