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The Rise of a Bollywood Star

Priyanka Chopra is an Indian actress, singer, film producer and champion of the 2000’s Miss World pageant. As one of India’s most beloved celebrities, Priyanka has garnered a reputation as multi-talented.

She’s even received numerous awards for her excellence, including five Filmfare Awards and one National Film Award. She’s also one of India’s highest-paid celebrities.

In our interview, Priyanka dishes on her rise in Hollywood and gives actors tips from her own experience.

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Priyanka recalls her breakout role happened almost overnight. Starring as special agent, Alex Parish in ABC’s hit drama Quantico, she was scared that the country was not ready for an agent of Indian descent. However, critics loved her acting abilities, and audiences couldn’t get enough of the suspenseful hit show.

Since then, she’s become a big name in Hollywood. Starring in many blockbuster movies, including Baywatch and Isn’t It Romantic.

Through her foundation, she supports a variety of causes; however, none are more important to her than childrens’ rights. In our chat, she discusses being a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador and what it means to her.

Priyanka explains that she often speaks up about education for girls, and promotes discussion panels to encourage people to get involved. She hopes that such a discussion can inspire people from all around the world to help. She wants to spread awareness for children and allow them to have confidence in themselves since they’re deserving of so much more.

Being Different

Life hasn’t always been easy for Priyanka Chopra.

In our chat, she discusses the bullying she received and how she used it to make her stronger. Starting at the young age of twelve, she was the target of racist comments and experienced bullying of all kinds due to her skin color.

However, if Priyanka Chopra knows anything, it’s how to turn a situation around. She decided to fake her confidence and used it as a shield. That way, her school bully couldn’t see that she was scared.

She later recalls that she doesn’t allow herself to be hurt or affected by those types of comments anymore. Priyanka explains, she doesn’t want to be portrayed as a victim, especially as a woman, since that’s all the world will see.

Instead, she tries to let it go. When it happens, she uses her wit and sarcasm to call them out. There’s nothing like strong-willed confidence to make a bully stand down.

Confidence Is Key

In today’s world, beauty is set to a high and a rather unrealistic standard. However, beauty isn’t everything. As a beauty pageant winner, Priyanka Chopra would know.

It’s the confidence in which you walk into a room and in the ability to do your job that propels you into feeling like a superhero. Such confidence can alleviate your worrisome insecurities and make you feel happy for who you are.

Priyanka notes when you have confidence, you can do anything. She recalls her audition for Quantico in which her nervousness might have overwhelmed her if she didn’t remain confident in her abilities.

Since confidence can boost your self-esteem it makes you feel empowered. It’s that array of confidence that increases your attractiveness and makes others feel that you’re a valuable part of the team.

Priyanka Chopra expresses that confidence is not a born skill; instead, it has to be learned. It takes time to understand, respect, and accept yourself for who you are as an individual. However, when you get to that point in your life, nothing will stop you.

Confidence is the best way to truly be happy with who you are.

How to Maintain Confidence

Once you found your confidence, it can be pretty tricky to maintain it. You have to remind yourself over and over again, why you love yourself, and what about you makes you happy. It can be tiring and, at times, challenging.

Even Priyanka Chopra has struggled with maintaining her confidence. In our interview, she discusses how she’s able to regain confidence time and time again by looking back on her success. She explains that if you have a “go-getter” attitude, you can get anything accomplished.

So she works hard to prove not only to the others around her but to herself that she deserves the roles she’s been given. Acknowledging that she’s, in fact, deserving of those parts is certainly an ego booster, but it increases her confidence day by day.

Confidence is not something that can be taken away. It’s almost like a superpower that can be used to fuel your ambitions. You can increase it a little each day and who knows maybe the next you’ll become a movie star.

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Confidence is a feeling that’s helped Priyanka Chopra get to where she is today. She credits it a lot throughout the interview as she explains she’s doesn’t like to fail. To achieve success, she makes sure she’s confident in her abilities so she can perform well.

Priyanka also talks about a range of other topics. From working in diverse genres to the passing of her father, Priyanka opens up about her career and family life in this lengthy interview. In addition, she expresses her ambitions and what might be in store in the next chapter of her life.

So sit back, relax, and watch this Priyanka Chopra interview.

Chapters

00:00 | Trailer
01:55 | Brian’s thoughts on the episode
03:40 | Brian’s introduction
04:15 | London memories where everything started for Priyanka
07:56 | Where her confidence comes from
10:31 | Priyanka’s views on racism
13:21 | Why she believes in destiny
15:09 | Priyanka’s work ethic
16:41 | Developing acting ability
20:44 | Why Priyanka hates the connotation Bollywood projects
22:52 | Was Hollywood her ambition
24:57 | How she gave herself the confidence to audition for Quantico
29:37 | Working in diverse genres
30:45 | Diversity in the entertainment industry
35:56 | What being a UNICEF goodwill ambassador means to Priyanka
38:19 | The Rock and Priyanka have the same DNA
40:30 | What makes a great movie star
42:36 | Priyanka’s Hindu prayer life
44:24 | Daddy’s little girl dealing with the grief of his passing
46:28 | Phone call to the twenty year old Priyanka
47:42 | Brian’s summing up.

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