She’s starring as FBI agent Alex Parrish in ABC’s “Quantico,” one of this season’s hottest shows — but Priyanka Chopra is new to most American eyes. The stunning 33-year-old former beauty queen is a global superstar, though, and a seasoned world traveler with ties to the U.S.A. Here are 10 things you don’t know about her…
Her parents were doctors with the Indian Army, and Priyanka grew up all over the Indian subcontinent.
After moving at age 13, she attended high school in Newton, Mass., where she was a huge fan of R&B and hip-hop. “I wore black to school for 10 days after Tupac Shakur died,” she said. 3
She was a gawky teen, deeply self-conscious about her “ugly” legs — but, “Today, my legs sell 12 (worldwide) brands.”
She won the Miss World title in 2000 — despite naming the late Mother Teresa, who died in 1997, as the world’s most successful living woman.
Priyanka’s family nickname is “Mimi.”
She has appeared in more than 50 big-budget Bollywood movies, and she’s the first Indian-born actress to headline an American TV drama.
She recorded the pop song “In My City,” and it became NFL Network’s “Thursday Night Football” theme in 2012.
“I travel to Mumbai like I’m going to the Bronx,” she says of flitting all over the globe.
Priyanka uses yogurt as a skin cleanser and moisturizer.
Hindi is her first language, and she worked with a dialect coach for “Quantico.” She revealed: “It took me days to be able to say ‘counter-terrorism’ in an American accent!”