5 surprising confessions from Priyanka Chopra
by Hasina Khatib
We've just about hit the halfway mark of 2016 but Chopra has already put her plans for global domination into motion – the Bajirao Mastani actress has wrapped shooting for her big Hollywood debut, broken the Internet with her red carpet appearances and graced the covers of countless international magazines. And somewhere in between, these surprising confessions from the actor made their way to our news feeds.
She's her own knight in shining armour:
In an interview with Time magazine, the ex-Miss World revealed, “When I was very young, I was 19 and I was doing the first few movies, I remember that my dates weren’t working out. My scheduling wasn’t working out for a movie with a very big actor. And the producer said, ‘Well, she can’t work it out, it’s fine, we’ll just cast someone else. Or, you know what? I’ll launch a new girl because girls are replaceable.’ I didn’t understand it then.
“But I think subconsciously it really worked on my mind, and I started picking up parts which were strong, which were not just the damsel in distress waiting for someone to rescue me. As much as I like being rescued. Every girl does … Now 13, 15 years later, whatever, I think that the movies that I do, I’m irreplaceable and the boys are replaceable,” declared Chopra.
She doesn't date:
"I've never dated. I've always been in relationships. It's very different. You like someone, you court each other, you get into a relationship. You're answerable to each other. Whereas the non-answerability of dating, my god, I don't know if I would ever be able to," confessed Chopra in an interview with InStyle.
She's lived through her version of Mean Girls hell:
“I was bullied by a freshman named Jeanine. She was black, and supremely racist. Jeanine used to say, ‘Brownie, go back to your country, you smell of curry,’ or ‘Do you smell curry coming?’” recalled Chopra in conversation with Complex magazine, while adding that the trauma wasn’t easy to live down; “You know when you’re a kid, and you’re made to feel bad about where your roots are, or what you look like? You don’t understand it, you just feel bad about who you are. The bullying tested her resolve and broke it. I told my mom, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore.’”
She has body-image issues too – just like us:
The June issue of the Emmy magazine was lit up with Chopra on the cover. The interview saw her open up about her insecurities: "I was always really conscious of the way I looked, and high school is hard for anyone. I attracted a lot of attention. Nobody looked like me in my school. I was skinny with crazy, frizzy hair,” divulged Chopra.
She's never been a girly-girl:
In conversation with Esquire magazine, Chopra reminisced, "When I was little, my dad used to call me 'Bandarella,' because I was a mess—a Bandar is a monkey in Hindi. I was not a girly-girl and would always break something and would be running around and didn't really fit in. And he would tell me, 'Don't worry about fitting into a glass slipper; shatter the glass ceiling.'"
With Baywatch set to release next May (and many more projects in the works) it’s safe to say that Chopra has made her mark.
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