A movie star snagging a role on a TV show is no big whoop anymore. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson rhapsodized on True Detective, John Malkovich chewed his way through Crossbones, Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman earned Emmy nominations for their cold-blooded work on Fargo. But they’re small scale compared to Priyanka Chopra. Who?
Only one of the biggest actresses in the world.
The Hero: Love Story of a Spy. Aitraaz. Fashion. Krrish. Mary Kom. Agneepath. Kaminey. These are some of the top-grossing and most critically acclaimed Indian films in recent history, and what they all have in common is Chopra. She’s the Bollywood Marion Cotillard, or maybe Anna Kendrick, someone who’s both super famous and super respected, not to mention stunningly gorgeous. Chopra, 33, was named Miss World in 2000, and since then, she’s won a National Film Award for Best Actress, released a hit single (“Exotic,” featuring Pitbull), and was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
And now she’s set to make her American TV debut on Quantico, an ABC flashback-and-forward thriller that debuts on Sunday about a group of FBI recruits, one of whom is suspected of being a terrorist. It’s earning comparisons to How to Get Away with Murder and Scandal… so, basically all things Shonda Rhimes. (Tellingly, one of the show’s executive producers holds the same title on Grey’s Anatomy). If it’s half as exciting as the latter, or as crazy as the former, Quantico will be must-watch TV. So far, reviews have been intriguing, especially for Chopra’s performance. Here’s James Poniewozik in the New York Times:
The strongest human asset in Quantico is Ms. Chopra, a Bollywood superstar and former Miss World who is immediately charismatic and commanding amid the otherwise generic ensemble. If there’s a problem with her casting, it’s that she may come across as too seasoned and assured to be persuasive as a shaky, neophyte recruit.