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Priyanka To Present At The Oscars

By Ruchel Louis Coetzee
Posted On Feb 02, 2016
Priyanka To Present At The Oscars
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We are so proud of Priyanka Chopra’s achievements here in America in such a short period of time. Only last year, this talented Hindi movie actress landed the coveted lead role in ABC’s hit series, Quantico and today it was announced that Chopra will present at the 2016 Oscars.  In a blink of a decade, she has starred in nearly 50 Hindi movies, hosted several Indian television series, written columns for Elle.com, The New York Times and The Times of India, and recorded four songs in America. And let’s not forget that her incredible journey all started when Chopra was crowned Miss World in 2000. All this was no lucky fluke. Chopra has learned through hard work and determination to trust her inner voice and construct a life built upon true self-esteem. Last year, we had caught up with her in Montreal as she was preparing to tackle America in her role as Alex on the show. Here are some excerpts from that interview:

NEW YOU: How would you describe yourself. Would you say that you are impulsive?

PRIYANKA CHOPRA: I am impulsive, but my life doesn’t allow me to be impulsive. My life is on a schedule. I need permission from my managers to go away. I really believe that if you work very hard in whatever opportunity you have today and tomorrow and the day after, and you don’t find excuses and you don’t stop, then you will never be denied. No one can deny someone who just works and is not afraid of hard work.

NY: What about women who lose hope?

PC: I don’t believe in hope. I believe in taking charge of your life. I don’t think that we should say, “My life will change and be better.” It’s important to work backwards: Identify what your goal is and work backwards and see what the route to go from there is. I’m not just saying this because I am in a privileged position today. I come from a really small town called Bareilly in India. If I can sit here today doing this interview, talking about an international TV show and almost 50 Hindi movies behind me, it can happen for anyone. I had major self-esteem issues growing up and was always very nervous and scared as a kid. I was bullied at school. But I got up one day and said, “Enough.” The color of my skin, the hair I have – there are many things about me that may not be conventional. But as soon as I chose to own it and walk out the door wearing confidence, people looked at me differently.

NY: Do you think it was the bullying that made you so determined in life?

PC: Subconsciously, maybe, but not consciously. I just never wanted to feel like that again. I never wanted to feel subjugated. I never wanted to fear that I was not good enough. I think I drove myself to be the best that I can be. If you find that drive, just run.

NY: Do you think people look at the negative instead of the positive first?

PC: We are always judging people, and it’s not one else’s business what someone else does. It’s your life. You need to live it.

For the full interview go to www.newyou.com.

 

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