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PeeCee shares her thoughts on 'women of colour'

Updated: Aug 17, 2016 10:50 IST

New Delhi, Aug. 17 (ANI): One aspect Priyanka Chopra likes about her much acclaimed TV series 'Quantico' is her character development, which goes hand in hand with the plot, not with her race.

Looking stunning in a Loewe dress and tossed waves on the cover of Flare magazine's September 2016 issue, the 34-year-old beauty spoke about her role as a 'women of colour.'

"Storytelling cannot be based on what someone looks like. Everyone has stories: you have a story; I have a story. They just need to be written. And casting needs to happen based on the best person for the job, not the Indian girl or the black girl. The girl next door is no longer blonde-haired and blue-eyed, nor is she brown-haired and brown-eyed. She's not one person. And our entertainment needs to be a representation of that," she told the magazine.

For the uninitiated, 'Qantico's Alex Parrish wasn't initially written as a 'woman of colour.' When showrunner Josh Safran roped in PeeCee, he decided to rewrite Alex's backstory as having an Indian mother and white father.

Known to be a strong and independent woman, the 'Bajirao Mastani' actress shared her thought about feminism, saying, "We've been told for eons that a woman should be a certain way, dress a certain way, and behave a certain way. That's what the fight of feminism is for: we're asking for the opportunity to make our own choices without being judged-a freedom that men have enjoyed for centuries."

Priyanka has portrayed some remarkable character like Kashibai for 'Bajirao Mastani,' Jhilmil for 'Barfi,' Meghna Mathur for 'Fashion' and now Alex for 'Quantico.'

So, while speaking to the magazine on choosing her roles, she said, "I always look for parts that make an impact. It's a great time to be a female actor right now, especially if you stand your ground. I won't settle."

Presently, the actress is busy shooting for the second season for 'Quantico.' Her Hollywood debut 'Baywatch,' with Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, is set to hit the theatres in May next year. (ANI)

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