Priyanka Chopra is one busy actress who has to juggle between her flourishing Bollywood career with her new-found fame in the American entertainment industry, especially after her portrayal of Alex Parrish in Quantico was widely appreciated by fans. But this has also sparked rumours that the former Miss World is bidding goodbye to the Indian movie industry in order to pursue her Hollywood dreams.
However, the Bajirao Mastani star has denied speculations that she is "crossing over" from India to the US, insisting her commute between the two countries has grown in recent times and that she will continue to work on both fronts. "It's not like I'm leaving Indian films," she told ELLE Magazine US.
"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."
Chopra will appear on the cover of ELLE's February issue along with Taraji P. Henson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Viola Davis and Olivia Wilde.
After shining as runaway FBI agent Parrish in ABC's hit thriller Quantico, she has signed to play the negative lead in Baywatch movie, which is a reboot of the classic 1990s TV show narrating the lives of the California lifeguards.
The 33-year-old star recently won the People's Choice Award for favorite actress in a new TV series but Chopra revealed that earlier she was "apprehensive" to accept the role. However, after receiving the award she feels she got the "validation" from the American audience.
"I was apprehensive because I'm Indian — not Indian-American. And I didn't know what that would mean.... When you put your work out there, you're apprehensive about how it will be received. So getting that acceptance, getting a People's Choice Award, that was validation that I must be doing something right. And that's what America's about, right? People coming from all over the world and being whoever they want to be."