The mesmerizingly beautiful actress is the new Pantene spokesperson.
File this under news that needed to happen. Actress, singer and producer Priyanka Chopra is the new global ambassador for Pantene.
Since she came to the attention in her native country of India as a beauty pageant grad (she was Miss India as well as Miss World, both before she turned 18), it’s fitting that actress Priyanka Chopra – she of truly exquisite beauty and a stacked resumé (in India alone, she’s appeared in over 50 films) – finally finds herself fronting a beauty campaign. We chatted with the accomplished actress – soon to be starring in the highly anticipated Baywatch revamp – on everything from feminine role models to finally playing an antagonist.
ON HER RELATIONSHIP WITH THAT HAIR
“The one thing that's been consistent in my life is I’m happy with my hair. I’ve always had really thick, lush, long hair and its genetic and I am thankful for that. I’ve been able to take my hair for granted being in the business that I am in which is not something many people can say.”
COCONUT OIL FTW
“My grandmother always used to dip it in coconut oil, which is so important. I’m pretty sure my mom would like me to do a lot more coconut oil [scalp] massages but I don't get around to it too much. I literally sit in the hair and makeup chair and get a blowout everyday and that's happened for 15 years in a row. My hair should be screaming but it doesn't – it can deal – and that's just thanks to taking care of it in simple ways. I really don't have time to do elaborate things to take care of my hair. I use shampoo and conditioner, and deep conditioner occasionally. I love the Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner ($5.99). I think the easy stuff like using the right product is always important. ”
My hair is naturally wavy, and while it’s been long for a while, it used to be way longer. Once, when I was in the middle of moving, I went into a salon for a pedicure and came out with a bob. So since then I have been trying to grow it out again. With colour, I never really like such a drastic hair change. But I did it last year, and then I cried.”
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FROM MUMBMAI TO MONTREAL
"I love Montreal, except for the weather which was really hard, because I am from the tropics. (Chopra shoots ABC series Quantico there for the majority of the year). Going from Mumbai to Montreal wasn't easy, especially because we shot in the winter. So that was really hard for me but we had an amazing house. I enjoyed the snow, the fireplaces, and the indoor pool we had. We made winter fun.”
PLAYING THE ANTAGONIST
“I am not someone who plans too much; I go with my instinct and stick to my convictions. I always wait until I’ve finished reading a script to decide on the project. When I was growing up, I was a huge fan of the show Baywatch. It was one of my favourite shows to watch with my mum. So when the movie came to me, I loved the fact that the part that I am playing is the antagonist. To me, that was super exciting. That my first American movie would be an antagonist you know, not the conventional heroine role. The movie is so funny and I’m excited for the world to see a little more of the story too.”
DIVERSITY IS THE NEED OF THE HOUR
“The industry is getting better about celebrating diversity, but it shouldn’t happen because it’s on trend right now. Diversity is the need of the hour, because that’s what the world looks like. It’s a fact; it shouldn’t be an anomaly. But I am really glad the tide is changing where the industry – the entertainment industry – is being represented, there is a lot more work to be done. When it comes to diversity, it is really really nice to see the change. When I was growing up I didn't see anyone that looked like me on television at all. Buffy, Sarah Michelle Gellar, was my favourite female role model growing up and it was hard. I looked up to someone who didn't look like me but she was still a kick-ass woman and that's what the world should be like, diverse. Because it is.
REPRESENTING WOMEN IS EVERYTHING
For me, representing women is a bigger cause than representing South Asian women. Yes, I happen to be South Asian – but more than that I am a woman, and I am a woman of the world, and a global citizen, and I want the next generation of young girls to have to think of that. I think we need to focus a little bit more on humanity than issues with our gender – rather than what someone looks like or the colour of their skin.
HER TOP PRODS
“I love Pantene Pro-V Airspray ($5.99) because it’s lightweight while still giving my hair hold. I can run my fingers through my hair and brush and restyle it throughout the day without leaving it stiff or sticky at all. And I use the Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner ($5.99) once a week to keep my hair super moisturized. I keep it in for a few minutes and it leaves my hair feeling smooth and soft.”
KIDS ARE PART OF THE BIG DREAM
“I’ve always wanted to have a legacy, I’ve never known what that will be or where it will take me, I don't know the next step I’ll make, I mean I am acting right now, I am a producer, so many various things. I want to be able to leave a legacy behind for my kids. I want to have kids someday, that would be the one dream.
Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner ($5.99), at shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Priyanka Chopra joins the roster of Ronda Rousey, Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding (in the U.K. exclusively), Chiara Ferragni and Jillian Hervey.