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Priyanka Chopra's advice to aspiring artistes: Try being someone else and you lose your identity

The Quantico actress gives advice to all actors pursing dreams in the entertainment business anywhere in the world.

Mayur Lookhar

Priyanka Chopra has been an inspiration for aspiring Indian actors. The Indian diva has emerged as a global star having bagged plum projects in the West – TV show Quantico and film Baywatch. Chopra was followed by Deepika Padukone who made her Hollywood debut with xXx: Return Of Xander Cage. Sonam Kapoor has recently signed with a top Hollywood talent agency (UTA) perhaps with similar aspirations.

The Quantico actress spoke to a prominent Mumbai tabloid where she was asked what advice she would give to actors who want to make it in the entertainment business, anywhere in the world.

"There are so many beautiful and talented people, it's important to find out who you are and be yourself. I always tell actors that if you try to be like somebody else, you lose your identity. Imitation is the best form of flattery, but you need to have your own identity. I have my own idols but I've always tried to be true to myself. That's the only way to stand out."

Chopra is in New York shooting for the second season of Quantico. Chopra won the People's Choice Awards 2017 for Favourite  Dramatic TV Actres beating the likes of Ellen Pompeo (Grey's Anatomy), Taraji P Henson (Empire), Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) and Kerry Washington (Scandal). Last year Priyanka Chopra became the first South Asian actress to win a People's Choice Award for Favourite Actress in a New TV Series for Quantico.

Expressing her joy at being honoured back-to-back, Chopra said, "I'm still reeling from having received this award and being nominated alongside such incredible actresses — Ellen, Taraji, Viola and Kerry, who were the reason I wanted to be on TV. They're all icons in the entertainment business who met me, took me under their wing and wished me well individually. When you come from a different country and mainstream America doesn't know you, it's tough. I've worked hard and it's been difficult leaving home for so long but my show is a season-and-a-half-old now and this kind of acknowledgement and love is a real pat on the back."