‘I had beef with people’: Priyanka Chopra reveals she left Bollywood because she was ‘being pushed into a corner’
Priyanka Chopra has opened up about her decision to leave Bollywood, admitting she had ‘beef’ with people in the industry.
The Indian actress, 40, started out as a Bollywood star in the Noughties but moved to America in 2015 when she took on a leading role in Quantico.
Discussing her decision to move to Hollywood, the mother-of-one confessed that while she enjoyed working on Bollywood projects she struggled with the people.
Speaking on Dax Shephard’s Armchair Expert podcast she confessed: ‘I’ve never said this so I’m going to say it because you’ll make me feel safe.’
‘I was being pushed into a corner in the industry. I had people not casting me, I had beef with people, I am not good at playing that game so I kind of was tired of the politics and I said I needed a break.’
Candid: Priyanka Chopra has opened up about her decision to leave Bollywood, admitting she had ‘beef’ with people in the industry
The former Miss World made her Bollywood debut in 2003’s The Hero: Love Story of a Spy, with her breakout role coming the following year in romantic thriller Aitraaz.
She also built up a prominent fan base with her roles in Fashion, Barfi! and Mary Kom.
While working on 2011 drama 7 Khoon Maaf, Priyanka was approached about starting a music career after recording a demo.
Priyanka explained: ‘This music thing gave me an opportunity to go into another part of the world, not crave for the movies I didn’t want to get but I would require to schmooze certain clubs and cliques of people.
‘It would require grovelling and I had worked a long time by then that I didn’t feel like I wanted to do it.
‘So when this music thing came I was like “f*** it, I’m going to America” and Interscope [record label] were amazing, they threw the building at me.
‘I worked with Pitbull, will.i.am, Pharrell, Mathew Koma, and many incredible artists. I had dinner with Bruce Springsteen and his wife, I met Jay-Z and Beyonce!’
She went on to release thee singles, but soon realised that acting was her true calling.
Throwback: The Indian actress, 40, started out as a Bollywood star in the Noughties but moved to America in 2015 (pictured on the set of Bollywood crime thriller PLAN in 2003)
The actress confessed: ‘I got completely caught up in this music thing and thought “I am a pop star now, forget about this movie thing”, quickly to realise I was much better at my day job.’
She ended up making a few more Bollywood films before she signed a talent holding deal with ABC Studios and was cast in the American thriller series Quantico.
The series premiered in 2015 on ABC, with Priyanka making history as the first South Asian to headline an American network drama series.
Her Hollywood film debut came in Baywatch where she starred opposite Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron.
While she still takes on the occasional Bollywood project, her base is in Hollywood where she lives with husband Nick Jonas and their daughter Malt, 14 months.
Priyanka will next be seen in science fiction-thriller series Citadel.
The new spy series, Citadel, drops on its first two episodes on Prime on April 28, followed by a new episode released weekly on Fridays.
It also marks the first time she will be receiving equal pay as the male lead, with the actress previously revealing she got the same fee as Richard Madden.
Family: While she still takes on the occasional Bollywood project, her base is in Hollywood where she lives with husband Nick Jonas and their daughter