Priyanka Chopra finds herself in the odd position of being internationally famous for her work in Bollywood films such as "Aitraaz" and "Fashion," but to a big part of the U.S., relatively unknown. But all of that seems likely to change this fall with her starring role on ABC’s “Quantico,” about a group of FBI recruits trying to make it through training while bigger events threaten to overwhelm them.
As to what made her ready to move to American television, Chopra said, “I never saw anybody who looked like me on TV, and this was an opportunity to change that.”
While the show is aiming for a certain amount of verisimilitude, Chopra, speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour Tuesday, said, “It’s basically like going to college. You make friends, you make enemies, you have relationships.”
Of course, television is a little different from what she’s used to. She expressed some surprise about how long the days could be, and, while admitting the showrunners wouldn't tell her who the terrorist on the show was, plaintively asked the room, “Is that how TV works??”
Despite her hectic filming schedule, she did promise she plans to balance both sides of her career. “I love doing my Hindi films and want to be able to do that and ‘Quantico’ together.”