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Westward Ho! Priyanka’s Power Play

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas, 

Actor & Entrepreneur
age: 40
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It has been another great year for Priyanka Chopra Jonas, not just in terms of her creative but also her business ventures. The actor appeared in one of the biggest Hollywood film franchises — Matrix (Matrix Resurrection) alongside Canadian superstars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss. Chopra, however, says her biggest achievements in the last one year have been the completion of her upcoming show Citadel and her film It’s All Coming Back to Me, not to mention the birth of her daughter. “Both these projects started filming in the pandemic and we powered through all the obstacles (we) faced. Both were challenging for me as an actor in their own ways and I literally can’t wait to share them for all to see,” she says.
Besides her creative ventures, Chopra has grown her business interests as well in the last one year. She expanded her Sona brand into homewear. “Each brand I have invested in has an amazing story,” says the actor, producer, author, and entrepreneur.
In 2022, the former Miss World invested in luxury fashion and sportswear maker Perfect Moment, along with husband Nick Jonas. Her businesses include a restaurant in New York, Sona, hair care brand Anomaly, and production house Purple Pebble Pictures. Last year, she also wrote her biography, Unfinished.
So how did the 40-year-old achieve the kind of success she has, rare for Indian actors, especially in the West? “Once I began to truly learn and understand all aspects of the business and also understand myself better as an actor, that’s when it started to get easier,” says Chopra.
The one thing that sets her apart in her creative career is her choice of strong scripts and characters and the ability to take chances. “At a key point in my career in India, I chose to go down an untrodden path... a career in mainstream film and TV in the U.S. It was a huge challenge but one I am so proud of today,” she sums up.