While we love a good Netflix binge, we are so excited for the return of Fall shows. And while Homeland, How to Get Away with Murder, and the Walking Dead will continue to be at the tops of our list, we're making space for some newbies, too. We caught up with the stunning beauty queen and Bollywood star, Priyanka Chopra, on her first TV role overseas for the already-buzzed about Quantico. In fact, Chopra is really switching things up role-wise at least. Quantico follows Chopra's character, Alex Parrish, and a diverse cast of (really good looking) recruits training at the FBI base Quantico. One among these will turn out to be a terrorist responsible for the most devastating terror attacks on US since 9/11 and Parrish will have to prove her innocence. Below, Chopra talks her experience on-set and divulged a few beauty tips too.
Tell us a little about Quantico.
It's like Homeland meets Grey's Anatomy, it has both drama and that high school-like aspect of Grey’s but it also has some seriousness to it. I play an FBI agent, she's half Caucasian and half Indian and you'll see references to my character's culture but it's not only about that. I love having the opportunity to play a role like this, I want to break that glass ceiling and play a different type of character and not be put in a box. I get a lot of support from my fans so it really allows me to try new things.
Your beauty routine might be pretty simple on set, but what are you go-to favorite beauty products off-duty?
When I’m not shooting, I don’t wear much makeup. I just moisturize and maybe put on a berry-colored balm on my lips and cheeks, and then mascara—that’s it. My face and hair gets abused every single day so I try take it easy on off days. My hair gets blown out everyday so a coconut oil massage is so good to help repair hair. In India, my grandmother used to rub it into my head when I was younger. Coconut oil is amazing, I use Dabur's version ($8; amazon.com). Put it on and leave it in for two hours or overnight, but really massage it in; it'll stimulate the roots to help the hair become stronger and longer. I do it on nights when I’m at home and watching TV.
I’m really strict with my skincare regimen. No matter what’s happening in my life, I wash my face every single night and I moisturize—even if it's 4am. It’s so ingrained in me, before I even go into the bedroom, I just go straight to the basin and wash up. I use the MAC Green Tea face wash ($21; maccosmetics.com) and it just takes off everything. I also like Shiseido makeup remover ($32; sephora.com) for my eyes. I love StriVectin eye cream ($69; ulta.com)—I think it really works. And then I use the Chanel hydrating cream ($390; chanel.com) and that’s magical.
I love Oribe conditioner to hydrate my hair and it smells so good ($49; oribe.com). After every bath, I make sure to moisturize my entire body. I’m obsessed with Diptyque: people love their candles but their body products are also amazing. They have this amazing pot of cream ($90; diptyque.com), and the wash ($38; diptyque.com) is the only one I will use—it smells so good. I light my whole house with Diptyque candles, I think I have 25 in my house right now. I love the Baeis scent ($60; diptyque.com).
Any beauty secrets?
I learned this makeup tip from makeup artist, Micky Contractor: to fill in brows and have it look natural, you should brush them up, fill in with color and then brush back into place. It looks much more believable this way.
You're always so in shape, what’s your workout routine like?
Nowadays, I’m training for the show but my usual gym regimen is cardio four times a week for about a half hour. I also include some resistance training like squats. I also love swimming, it’s a full body workout and I’ll try to do 10 laps continuously. I don’t believe in being a size 0. I don’t believe in starving. Women should totally embrace their curves.
You're often flying, shooting Quantico in Montreal and still filming Bollywood movies in India and around the world. Any tips for looking good while traveling?
I love SK-II masks ($135; sephora.com); it’s my go-to when I’m flying and I fly every week. Right before I land, I’ll apply it on the flight. I also try to drink lots of water (during the flight) so I’m really hydrated inside and out. And I like to apply moisturizer on my feet, loads of it, and then I put on my socks. By the time I land, they’re really supple.
Check out the Quantico trailer here and catch the series premiere tonight (Sunday, September 27) at 10/9c on ABC.