Priyanka Chopra Crushes Stereotype of What Indian Women are "Supposed" to Look Like

This Bollywood actress who became the lead of "Quantico" is crushing the stereotype of what South Asian women should look like on television.

Priyanka Chopra, 33, explained in an interview with Complex for their latest cover story that she chose not to do an all-Indian sitcom because she wanted to prove that Indian women can fill all TV roles — not just ones that are ethnic-specific.


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"I was very sure I did not want to be the stereotype of what Indian people are seen as, which is Bollywood, and henna. 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," she said. "I want to be able to break the stereotype of what Indian people or people of South Asian descent are supposed to be."

Now Chopra plays Alex Parrish in the ABC's hit series following the lives of young FBI recruits who are training to become special agents. Her new role is an example of what Chopra believes global entertainment should look like. 

"It needs to be about the best person for the job rather than what you look like or where you come from. And I wanted to be one of the first people to take a step in that direction," she said.

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