Lies, spies & good guys

Bol­ly­wood star and for­mer Miss World Priyanka Cho­pra landed the lead role in new thriller se­ries Quantico.

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With all the com­pli­cated re­la­tion­ship melo­drama of Grey’s Anatomy (2005- cur­rent), com­bined with the po­lit­i­cal in­trigue of Home­land (2011- cur­rent), Quantico (2015) is set to be a hit. The premise is sim­ple: young re­cruits head to the FBI head­quar­ters in Quantico, Vir­ginia for train­ing, but through flash­backs and flash­for­wards, we dis­cover that one of them is mas­ter­mind­ing the big­gest ter­ror­ist at­tack on the US since 9/11. Se­ries star Priyanka Cho­pra, who plays re­cruit Alex Par­rish, tells us about her State­side move, sex scenes and over­com­ing her own self- es­teem is­sues.

What do you love most about play­ing this char­ac­ter? Alex is the quin­tes­sen­tial mod­ern-day woman: smart, con­fi­dent, beau­ti­ful, she takes ev­ery­thing with a pinch of salt and she’s fo­cused. Just be­cause she’s an FBI agent doesn’t mean she has to be macho about it. She’s still fem­i­nine. I love play­ing her. Can you talk about the psy­chol­ogy of your char­ac­ter? I’ve done a few ac­tion movies in In­dia, so I was fa­mil­iar with han­dling guns and pre­tend­ing to fight where you’re not ac­tu­ally hit­ting the per­son. The psy­chol­ogy of Alex is very com­plex be­cause we’re run­ning two time zones si­mul­ta­ne­ously… to keep track of who she is and what she ends up be­com­ing and what she be­comes in the mid­dle. In TV, you shoot at such a crazy pace. I’m used to fea­tures, where you do one scene in two days and here you’re do­ing nine scenes in one day, plus you’re do­ing present, past and fu­ture. There are so many rev­e­la­tions that are dropped in an episode. Do you think it’s some­thing you can sus­tain go­ing for­ward? A lot of shows have twists, but what we have is 180s [180- de­gree turns],

Priyanka Cho­pra (cen­tre) in a scene from ac­tion show Quantico.

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