more than a decade ago, Priyanka Chopra Jonas entered Hollywood with a single titled In My City. She lent her voice and features in two more music videos, Exotic and I Can’t Make You Love Me, and made her acting debut in the West in 2015 with the series Quantico. Over the past decade, she has paved the way for South Asian actors in the United States and has been hailed as one of the flag-bearers of inclusivity with regard to the representation of brown faces in Hollywood shows and movies. Currently, she is gearing up for the release of American espionage thriller series Citadel and romantic comedy Love Again, in which she headlines.
In an exclusive conversation with News18, Priyanka sheds light on the Hollywood culture of auditioning and tells us that despite being an established name in the Hindi film industry, she didn’t mind auditioning before landing her first film in the USA. “I didn’t audition for Citadel. But I had to audition for my first project in Hollywood. And auditioning isn’t a bad thing. It’s common. In fact, we should be doing it more,” she says. Pointing to make way for a more democratic way of casting actors without discrimination, she says, “People are cast because of merit, not because they are the taste of the season or someone they like. does or has recommended his name. ,
She states that auditions are especially great for actors of South Asian descent as it helps create opportunities for them in a fair way. “So, an actor like me who enjoyed being a leading lady Bollywood And she knows her job won’t be sidelined when I audition. I will be good because I am a good actor. I will win work just like Quantico because I am good at what I do. And I can’t believe it,” commented Priyanka with her characteristic candor.
Citadel sees her in the role of an undercover agent and needless to say, she does some heavy-handed action sequences in the film. Interestingly, it joins the league of Quantico and The Matrix Resurrections (2021), both of which saw him engaging in high-octane stunts. Back home, the 40-year-old made headlines with films like Drona (2008), Don 2 (2011) and Jai Gangajal (2016). Speaking about it, she said in an interview, “I come from a background of doing action films. I also have some action films in Bollywood. So, I have a lot of faith in myself. The stunt team in The Citadel comes from the Russo Brothers. He has done Avengers and Bond movies. He has worked with the best in the business. So I have learned a lot from him.”
She revealed that she did most of the stunts in Citadel on her own without any body doubles and that she is not shy about learning from experienced actors. “I’m not cocky. I don’t go in with the burden of doing so many films and I know everything. I love learning and especially from people who have more experience than me. Take it all down from them! So, stunts I had a great experience working with the team as they taught me a lot. The actress, who will soon make her Bollywood comeback with Zee Le Zara, says, “Around 80 per cent of the stunts in the show were done by me as I Trusting my body and my instincts. The action in the show is definitely very different from what I have done before.”
The first season of the global series consists of six episodes, with episode two premiering on April 28 on Prime Video India, and one episode weekly starting May 26. Citadel is executive produced by the Russo Brothers and showrunner David Weil, and also stars Richard Madden alongside Stanley Tucci and Leslie Manville.