Entertainment Weekly has declared that Priyanka Chopra, star of the new Quantico, the breakout star of this upcoming season. During their Q&A with her, she addressed the issue of diversity on TV. Is the US ready for for and Indian woman in the lead role?
You mentioned you wanted to break the stereotype box in this role. How do you see your casting fitting into the larger conversation about diversity on American TV?
You know, I’m very curious to find out, because there’s no reference to say if it’s going to turn out well. It hasn’t happened before. I’m really looking forward to finding out. Is America ready for it? Are we ready for it? Is India ready for it? [Pauses] Am I ready for it? [Laughs] I have no idea, but I think for me, my Indian movies have never been stepping stones. I love what I do, I’m going to divide my time between my Indian movies, whatever work I get and my show and fly across the world wherever work takes me. That’s how I’ve always treated it.
I really see this as an opportunity. When I grew up I never saw anyone looking like me on TV, you know? I’m so glad to see a lot more of us on television, whether it’s Mindy Kaling or it’s Irrfan Khan or Freida Pinto. You know, I hope, like, little girls across the world can just look at me and say, “Ah, I want to be that!” Indian or not, it shouldn’t matter. It’s really cool to see how that will open up.
As a special bonus here’s the official Quantico trailer:
Quantico premieres on ABC on Sunday, September 27th at 10 pm/EST. Given all the raves it’s getting in the press it going to be worth watching!