Priyanka Chopra on Bollywood and Indian stereotypes: ‘That’s not all we are’

Priyanka Chopra on Bollywood and Indian stereotypes: ‘That’s not all we are’

It may have taken Hollywood a while to catch on to her, but Priyanka Chopra’s career choices were calculated. The actress, producer and philanthropist covers Complexmagazine’s June/July 2016 issue and, in a wide-ranging interview, discussed how her eclectic choices in roles have served to buck the trend of typecasting in Hollywood.

“I was very sure I did not want to be the stereotype of what Indian people are seen as, which is Bollywood, and henna,” the Quantico star and Baywatch villain told Complex. “That’s all great! It’s what we are, and I love it. I love saris, I love music, I love henna, I love dancing, but that’s not all we are.”

“There are so many Indian actors who have crossed over, and have done a lot of work in the West, but they’ve always been made to speak like Apu (from The Simpsons),” shecontinued. “I want to be able to break the stereotype of what Indian people or people of South Asian descent are supposed to be. Nobody’s supposed to be anything. You can be whoever you want. And I want young people to see that.”

Chopra also touched upon her desire to break into roles traditionally reserved for men. Addressing sideline comments that she’d make the perfect Bond girl, Chopra told the magazine, “I get that all the time, but (expletive) that — I wanna be Bond.”

Your move, Hollywood. And while you’re mulling it over, perhaps you could consider casting Idris Elba as her Bond boy. Or is he “too street” for that role as well?