March 20, 2017


Future Women's History Month: Priyanka Chopra's Barrier-Free Takeover

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Fuse is celebrating Women's History Month by looking at a variety of rising forces who are creating Future Women's History before our eyes. After years as one India's of most famous and influential stars, Priyanka Chopra is finally blowing up stateside thanks to a slew of exciting projects that showcase what more than a billion people already knew and loved about the actress.

Thanks to ABC smash show Quantico, Chopra has solidified her place in both Hollywood and Bollywood as the latest badass on primetime, American TV. But more importantly, the 34-year-old proved that an Indian woman could lead a major cast and score hit ratings in the U.S.. There are very few South Asians in television, much less starring in a primetime ABC series, and Chopra is certainly proving why it's more about talent than your gender or skin color. "I wanted to be seen as just an actor, not because of my ethnicity or where I come from," she said in a Complex cover story. "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."

And with the success of Quantico—along with Chopra's growing star power as a product-endorsement queen and red-carpet staple—it's become clear that she'll continue rising and adding more diversity. But doing it her way.

Chopra's major movie moment will come this May when she co-stars alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Zac Efron in the upcoming Baywatch flick. But the story goes that our girl pushed director Seth Gordon to cast her as the movie's main villain—despite the role originally being written as "Victor" for a man. 

“I’m this gorgeous bombshell in couture on the beach," she told Refinery29 of her character, now named Victoria. "This was so much fun, because it was not like a badass villain who’s getting into a fight. This was a woman using her woman skills to be a villain."

No matter what avenue or role she wants to conquer next, it's clear Priyanka will move ahead open-minded and devoid of any dated, preconceived notions on gender, race or other factors that don't make anyone any worse or better for whatever path in life they take.

"I want to be able to break the stereotype of what Indian people or people of South Asian descent are supposed to be," she also told Complex. "Nobody’s supposed to be anything. You can be whoever you want. And I want young people to see that."

We're celebrating Future Women's History all month long! Tune in to Fuse and come back to every day for profiles, videos and more. Find Fuse in your area with our Channel Finder. Next up, watch a throwback, Fuse interview where Priyanka taught us Bollywood dance moves: