Priyanka Chopra Goes Nude For Sexy ‘Quantico’ Role? Bollywood Heroine Talks Nudity In Hot Hollywood Scenes

Ashley Hoffman

Priyanka Chopra is smashing Bollywood stereotypes the Priyanka Chopra way. Priyanka Chopra is hot in Hollywood. In a recent interview with Anupama Chopra, the Bollywood actress gives a tour of her New York home, talks about her breakout role as Alex Parrish in the ABC primetime drama, Quantico. The Quantico actress sat in a candid interview with Anupama of Beneath the Surface on YouTube. Priyanka Chopra’s New York City house is minutes away from the studio. Priyanka tells Anupama her clothes and dialect isn’t what makes her an Indian woman, she just ‘is.’ Priyanka is pleased she can incorporate her Indian culture into ‘Quantico‘ by speaking Hindi.

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Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra (2016). [Image by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen]

“We don’t need to carry our ‘Indian-ness’ in the clothes we wear or the way we speak, we just are.”

The former pageant queen is currently named the eighth highest paid actress by Forbes.

“We need to stand as a force to be reckoned with, because our industry is that. Our industry is one of the most prolific in the world and we need to not be afraid to stand our ground, on our feet and say, ‘I’m not settling.'”

In her native India, Chopra is starring in Bajirao Mastani and she’s in post production for the action flick Jai Gangaajal, a sequel to 2003’s Gangaajal. Complex magazine says with the American market and ABC behind her, she could have pitched an all-Indian sitcom similar to Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat.

“That’s exactly what I didn’t want to do. I was very sure I did not want to be the stereotype of what Indian people are seen as, which is Bollywood, and henna. That’s all great! It’s what we are, and I love it. I love saris; I love music; I love henna; I love dancing, but that’s not all we are.”

Crossing barriers is exactly what Priyanka wishes to do. She hopes the film industry will welcome talent from all over the world regardless of language or cultural barriers.

“The Hindi film industry is a testament to that. We speak only Hindi, but we premiere in Germany and Japan. Our films do phenomenally well there. We transcend the barriers of language and culture. We welcome you in. I think that’s what art should be, and I hope America reaches that place.”

Priyanka Chopra On Nudity In Hollywood Films

At the 2016 Emmy’s, Tom Hiddleston, Taylor Swift’s ex, was busy wooing a “desi girl” recognized by India as “Most Desirable Woman” of the year. Priyanka is in high demand, and with such high demand in Hollywood comes pressure. Quantico, created by Joshua Safran, has some pretty sexy scenes many of Chopra’s fans aren’t used to seeing her take on.

Anupama discusses how the material content in American television shows goes into places Hindi movies do not, for example, Priyanka has never swore on screen. Anupama then asks Priyanka if there are things she will not do on screen.

“Yeah, nudity. For sure I wouldn’t do. Like, never. Also, I play bold parts but I don’t like a lot of skin show. I don’t know how to explain it. Like I was always in pantsuits but the intensity in the part was sexual. I don’t have to dress it [provocatively]. I do it for magazine covers because it’s glamorous and pretty. One of the big reasons I did the show with ABC was because they’re Disney. So there’s only that much for the American standards that we can do on the show, which is pretty much as much as in Hindi films. There’s a difference between wearing a bikini and a bra and I understand that. Those lines are important to me.”

Priyanka tells Elle magazine she doesn’t consider herself a “cross over” star.

“It’s not like I’m leaving Indian films; I intend to do that simultaneously. I intend on straddling both continents and going wherever my work takes me. Creative people shouldn’t be stopped by barriers of language and borders.”

Priyanka Chopra On Breaking Bollywood Stereotypes In Quantico

Quantico, the ABC primetime drama is rising in popularity with Bollywood’s “desi girl,” Priyanka starring in the lead role as Alex Parrish. Priyanka tells Complex magazine why she chose Quantico, the part cop drama and part mystery series out of 26 other scripts.

“I wanted to be seen as just an actor, not because of my ethnicity or where I come from. I think global entertainment needs to become like that. It needs to be about the best person for the job rather than what you look like or where you come from. And I wanted to be one of the first people to take a step in that direction.”‘

The Lebanese-born American actress explains it was difficult to break through stereotypes as an Indian actress.

“[Some] see me as a stereotype of what Bollywood is supposed to be… everything their emotions are heightened, but that’s not true we can do anything… that struggle was very hard, I had to really break down concrete to not be that stereotype. Especially because I picked a part of an FBI agent which has nothing to do with my ethnicity or Indie movies.”

Priyanka hopes the physical mold she’s been able to fit into doesn’t make it difficult for other Indian stars to cross over.

“The exotic beautiful girl is where people tried to put me. I hope that doesn’t happen to other Indian actresses looking to cross over. That will ruin all the work I did.”

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Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra performs during Miss India Contest 2009 in Mumbai, India. [Image by Ritam Banerjee/Getty Images]

Chopra wanted to take a different approach.

“I don’t wanna do ‘my big fat Punjabi wedding’ or any other stereotype.”

Priyanka maintains she was able to cross over internationally because she stood her ground and never settled.

“Women, because we are beautiful and the exotic Indian girl, it’s an easy fit. I’ve gone to the left and decided never to do it. I got a show which is on my shoulders. I’m doing a movie which I’m not the side chick, I’m the main villain of the movie. Who would debut as a villain? But to me that’s exciting. I don’t like being conventional. But I was tried to put into the box so much. That was the first place I was put into. All the movies that came to me was that! In Baywatch, I was been spoken to for another part. My role was written for a man, like I told you last time. The exotic gorgeous pretty girl in amazing clothes is so the fit where people tried to put me. And I hope that doesn’t happen to anyone else coming in because that would really ruin all the work I’ve put in. We need to stand as a force to reckon with. Our industry is one of the most prolific in the world. And we need to not be afraid to stand our ground on our feet and say, I’m not settling.”


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Priyanka strikes a poses with co-star Johanna Braddy, who plays Shelby Wyatt in Quantico.

Chopra discusses the intricacies of success with Complex magazine.

“People think that once you achieve success it’s great and you party, but it’s not. You’re known by your last failure. So you have to move from that to your next success. Success is a journey, you have to be consistently successful to be called successful.”

Priyanka attributes her assertiveness and innate resiliency to her father.

“He was always about the fact that I didn’t have to fit in. I didn’t have to be a boy to be successful… In India, boys are looked at to be the workers. Girls are supposed to get married and have babies. My parents gave me the ability to be fearless in whatever I do. My mother is a double MD, and I’m from a family of overachievers, so don’t even ask…”

Do you think the steamy, sexy scenes in Quantico compromises Priyanka Chopra or is it simply a part of breaking into mainstream American television? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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