Meet Priyanka Chopra, the fast-rising actress and one of the ‘Most Influential People’ in the world

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Along with Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan, and Leonardo DiCaprio in Time’s new 100 Most Influential People issue is former Miss World and Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra.

But Chopra, 33, isn’t just an Indian actress anymore. Since the premiere of ABC’s FBI drama “Quantico,” she has been getting a lot of attention for becoming the first South Asian actress to lead an American series. And now, she’s one of the most influential people in the world.

When “Quantico” first premiered, most Americans had no clue that she was already a big deal in India. Not only did she place at the Miss India pageant, but she went on to win Miss World. She then had a successful career as a film actress in Bollywood.

In addition to her role as Alex Parrish on “Quantico,” she is involved in issues like education, hunger, and equal rights for women.

Like her character, there’s more to Chopra than meets the eye.

Here’s the fabulous life of Priyanka Chopra:


Priyanka Chopra’s parents were doctors in the Indian army. They moved a lot and Priyanka even attended the 10th-grade in Boston, where she said she was bullied. “It broke my spirit,” she says. “It made me question who I was. Why was it so uncool being Indian?”

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Before winning Miss World, Chopra wanted to be an engineer.

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Chopra at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.
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Chopra’s mother entered her in the Miss India pageant. She actually placed second, but went on to Miss World and won.

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Chopra is a huge fan of Instagram, on which she has more than 6.5 million followers.

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Before “Quantico,” Chopra may have been best known to Americans for her song “In My City,” which featured artist will.i.am and was the theme song for “Thursday Night Football” in 2013. Her second single, “Exotic,” featured Pitbull.

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Chopra attends the Republic Records/Big Machine Label Group Grammy Celebration on February 8, 2015.
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In July 2012, Chopra became the first Bollywood star signed by Creative Artists Agency.

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Chopra launches her celebrity milkshake, “The Exotic,” at Millions of Milkshakes on July 25, 2013, in West Hollywood, California.
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Chopra landed the lead role in ABC’s “Quantico,” playing an FBI agent in training who finds herself in the middle of a terrorist attack in New York City.

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In 2003, Chopra made her first Bollywood movie, “The Hero: Love Story of a Spy.” Chopra has starred in more than 50 Indian films, taking on the roles of a model, a boxer, and an autistic teenager.

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Chopra attends the 10th-annual Dubai International Film Festival on December 13, 2013, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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In 2008’s “Fashion,” Chopra played a model and received backlash from the media, which accused her of trying to lose weight for the part. She said that she actually had to gain weight and then lose it as the film progressed. Since then, Chopra has been an advocate for positive body image, telling InStyle, “I believe in a woman having curves.”

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She began writing an opinion column, “The Priyanka Chopra Column,” for the Hindustan Times in 2009. She wrote several controversial columns regarding women’s lives and safety in the country. She also writes a column for Elle.

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Chopra and Elle’s editor in chief, Robbie Myers.
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She was appointed India’s official UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for child rights in 2010.

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For a while, she was dating Bollywood star Shahid Kapoor, but they broke up in 2009.

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Shahid Kapoor and Chopra at Moses Mabhida Stadium on January 9, 2011, in Durban, South Africa.
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Chopra hosted the third season of India’s “Fear Factor.”

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Chopra and a guest attend the GBK pre-Oscars luxury-gift lounge on February 21, 2015, in Los Angeles.
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One of her more notable American movie roles was voicing the airplane Ishani in the 2013 Disney animated movie “Planes.”

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Chopra at the premiere of Disney’s “Planes” on August 5, 2013, in Hollywood.
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Chopra has been chosen as the face of many brands, including Pepsi, Nokia, Garnier, Nestlé, and Guess.

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To prepare for her “Quantico” role, she worked with actual FBI agents.

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Chopra and director Omung Kumar attend the “Mary Kom” premiere during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 4, 2014, in Toronto.
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She will appear as villain Victoria Leeds in the 2017 “Baywatch” reboot movie.

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Chopra and Baywatch costar Dwayne Johnson.
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She is a spokeswoman for the UN’s Girl Up campaign and an ambassador for Girl Rising, the global campaign for female education. “Every girl should have the opportunity to reach her full potential,” she said.

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Chopra (third from left) joins fellow ambassador Frieda Pinto (second from right) at the Girl Rising: Engage India campaign announcement in Delhi, India.
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The tattoo on her wrist reads “Daddy’s lil girl” in her father’s handwriting. Chopra credits her father for a lot of her confidence. “My father always told me, ‘You should not want to fit into someone else’s glass slipper. You should shatter the glass ceiling,'” she said.

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She started The Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education, which currently covers educational and medical expenses for 70 children in India. “I can’t eradicate poverty, but at least for the people around me, I can help make sure no child is denied a dream,” she said in an interview with Glamour.

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Chopra, in Mumbai, with 10 of the 70 children she puts through school.
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In 2016, she received the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series for her role in “Quantico,” making her the first South Asian actress to win a PCA.

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Chopra now splits her time between New York, Mumbai, Los Angeles, and Montreal, where “Quantico” films.

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Arjun Kapoor, Chopra, Ranveer Singh, and Ali Abbas Zafar attend the 10th-annual Dubai International Film Festival.
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