Entering the presence of Priyanka Chopra is nothing short of paying pilgrimage to a deity. Indeed with a Miss India tiara, Miss World crown, a string of Hollywood movies and a notable western career turn in FBI drama, Quantico, the 34-year-old actress is certainly an icon of India in her own right. As a result, if you are unaware of whom Priyanka Chopra is you must have been living under a VERY large rock.
Speaking of rocks … her role in the 2017 Baywatch movie reboot, starring alongside The Rock himself, Dwayne Johnson, and Zac Efron as the badass villain Victoria Leeds, marks her first Hollywood film role.
Never afraid to offer her opinion, Chopra has gone on record previously saying, “I don’t say things just because I’m a feminist and I believe in woman power. That word (feminist) has been bastardized; there’s no respect to it anymore. I’m not berating men.” But can a feminist actually star in Baywatch—a TV series that largely objectified women for the best part of a decade?
The former Miss World certainly has a lot of bite to go with her bark when pushed on the subject by Joshington Hosts. “What I loved about this movie when it came to me was, as much as the TV series stood for the objectification of women, this movie objectifies the men," she says. "The movie spins Baywatch on its head and the female characters are such strong kick-ass women who are proud of their bodies and actually literally kick ass.” Yes, GURL!
Chopra continues to position the film as a feminist in tone: “My character was initially written for a man. But by casting me obviously I am not even a man and I am not even American! It’s a 2017 Baywatch—of course, there are swimsuits and hot people but I love that it stands for: diversity and for equality whilst being fun and silly.”
But anyone who has a thing for Priyanka (I mean, form an orderly queue) will be disappointed to learn she doesn’t slip into swimwear (seen above with Adriana Lima), “so I got to eat what I wanted, although my dresses were super tight so I could barely sit or even breathe. Maybe in the sequel—I might return in a swimsuit … you never know!”
In the spirit of the objectifying men, in this week’s Joshington Hosts (your weekly go-to celebrity vlog presented by Josh Newis-Smith) the actress was challenged to pick out of a series of famous pairs whom she would most like to give “mouth-to mouth” resuscitation. Well, she is a doctor’s daughter at the end of the day. Welcome to Bae Watch …
The Rock vs. Zac Efron: The Boys Who Put The Bod Into Bod-ay!
“I couldn’t pick between these two, they are both my colleagues … I can’t pick from the two. I play Victoria—I get both! I get the best of both worlds.”
Prince Harry vs. David Beckham: The Prime British Beef
“This sucks! Firstly one belongs to a good friend of mine and the other someone I love and admire. I pick David because the girl code is very important.”
Harry Styles vs. Liam Payne: The Teeny Poppers Turned Men
“I take both! Look at them. Harry is such a great musician. They are both so rebellious—they don’t have any f’s to give!”
Dev Patel vs. Justin Beiber: The Bulking Hunks
“I have seen his body [Dev Patel’s] … I saw the same place as you did, the Internet,” the actress says. But when pushed for an answer, referencing Justin’s new blonde locks Chopra comments, “I don’t mind it, I think it’s different on him, I like that he’s experimenting. Dev is a friend of mine so I go for Justin as it might be weird otherwise!”
Pamela Anderson vs. David Hasselhoff: Bae Watch Goals
“Pammy any day! She was the icon of Baywatch. She was on every boy’s wall and even girls. I was like ‘Ohhhh!’”