Priyanka Chopra became the first South Asian actress to bag the ‘Favourite Actress in a New TV Series’ award at the 2016 People Choice Awards for her performance in her Hollywood debut, ‘Quantico’. Speaking to Mirror from Los Angeles, the actress exulted, “I felt like Miss World all over again. I know my daddy is looking down at me and smiling.”
The 33-year-old actress-singer beat TV heavyweights Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele and Marcia Gay Harden to bag the award and admitted to being “a wee bit” nervous, tired and hungry before the big moment. “I landed in LA in the morning after a 14-hour flight. My team had 200 dresses laid out for me. I decided to go as a disco ball,” she says, alluding to the sparkly Vera Wang out fit she chose for the night.
“Being a Hindi film actor for 13 years has trained me well, giving me the confidence to accept victory and loss with a smile. Award mila toh theek hai, nahi mila toh koi baat nahi… That’s the attitude I went with.”
Backstage at the awards, she was chomping on her favourite cheese burgers and since she didn’t really know anyone there, having only seen them on TV or in films, she stuck to her mother (Madhu Chopra) and costar Johanna Brady for company. “Then there was Ellen Pompeo who I am fond of and have grown close to,” she says. She had struck up a friendship with the Grey’s Anatomy star when both of them figured in ABC’s Leading Ladies Wall of Fame last year.
The actress was joined by John Stamos, whose name was announced alongside hers as the winner in the ‘Favourite Actor in a New TV Series’ category for ‘Grandfathered’. “I was very comfortable around John as I had met him last year, when I was prepping for ‘Quantico’,” the actress says. In her acceptance speech, she had said, teary-eyed, “I feel fortunate to be standing alongside amazing people today.”