"I started with nothing, no support. A complete newcomer to even Mumbai city, not even the movie industry. I didn't even know anyone. So I kind of did all that I did on my own without the help and support of anybody," Priyanka told CBC. "The love and affection I have got from audiences around the world kind of gave me the strength to do that. They have put me in a position where I am used to being the face on a poster. I don't want to settle for that," she added.
Priyanka was crowned Miss India and went on to win the Miss World title at age 17. Her Bollywood debut came in 2003 with The Hero: Love Story of a Spy and after that there was no looking back. Priyanka has featured I critically acclaimed films like Barfi!, Mary Kom and Jai Gangaajal. She's also starred in commercial hits like Don series and Dil Dhadakne Do. She won her first National Award for 2007 film Fashion.
Priyanka made waves with international singles like In My City and Exotic before heading to the international television space as Alex Parrish in Quantico, which launched in 2015. She won a People's Choice Award for her role in 2016 under Favorite Actress In A New TV Series category and has been nominated for the second time in Favorite Dramatic TV Actress section for the upcoming edition of the award show which honours the best in films and television. Quantico has propelled its star to dizzying heights and its lead star, Priyanka, was placed eighth on the Forbes list of 10 highest-paid TV actresses in the world.
The actress is currently seen in Quantico Season 2 and she will soon make her Hollywood debut with Baywatch co-starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. She plays antagonist Victoria Leeds, a role which was re-written for her.
Priyanka was in Toronto to unveil the trailer of Punjabi film Sarvann, which she has produced under Purple Pebble Pictures. This is Priyanka's second film as producer after Marathi film Ventilator, which releases in November and was critically acclaimed. Sarvann is co-produced by Vashu Bhagnani and stars Amrinder Gill.
Of her decision to launch the trailer in Toronto, Priyanka said: "I have always got a lot of love and affection whenever I've come to Toronto. I've come here for a lot of my Hindi films, I've come here for Quantico before, specially coming here for a Punjabi film which has such a strong Punjabi community, just seems like the ideal place to launch it."