Priyanka Chopra 'would love to run for Prime Minister of India' and wants Nick Jonas to run for president
The actress said that her it was her upbringing that shaped the way she sees the world and that she hopes to change how people can see over their differences
Priyanka Chopra Jonas is so many things — an actress, an activist, and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. And now the 36-year-old actress says that she hopes to conquer another spectrum — politics. In an interview with UK's Sunday Times, she shared that she has political aspirations not just for herself but also for her husband of less than a year, Nick Jonas.
"I would love to run for Prime Minister of India," she said. And isn't one to leave her singer husband far behind. "I would love Nick to run for president. I don't like the things associated with politics, but I know that both of us really want to make a change," she said and added, "Never say never!"
When asked why she thinks Nick would be suitable for the position, the actress shared, "He's not afraid to use the word (feminist) and I love that."
The actress also said that she has "tried to be apolitical all my life because I like to cheer for humanity." Well, Priyanka's interest in politics isn't all that surprising. While Nick has not exactly displayed any political inclination or interest in any way, Chopra had met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Berlin a couple of years ago. The couple had also invited PM Modi to their wedding reception in New Delhi last year.
A UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since December 2016, Priyanka also spoke to the outlet about the changes she hopes for in the world. "As a woman of the world, I see violence everywhere. My hope for the world is that every country has its own culture and we can be proud of it. I feel global. I can go to any country in the world and identify with someone because I'm human."
In an earlier chat with Associated Press, she opened up about her troubling adolescence and how she was bullied in school for her appearance. "The way we treat people differently comes from cultural, subliminal messaging that has happened over eons. The more we can talk about it and open other people's eyes and say, 'It doesn't have to be that way,' and give them more examples, I guess society will change."
The actress said that it was her upbringing that shaped the way she sees the world. "My dad refused to let me into the kitchen. He'd say, 'Where are your books?' It was my brother, Siddarth, who graduated in hospitality while I wanted to be an engineer. We were raised in a very progressive family." Priyanka is dedicated to the cause of using her popularity to push for diversity and inclusion.
She shared a story from her past to reiterate the need for awareness. "I'm going to be in trouble for saying this. Somehow, when I was in America going to school, for a lot of my Indian-American friends, the subliminal message was: 'Be invisible, don't get into trouble, do you work.' Our parents came here and worked really hard and the only way they survived the move was because they put their heads down. Now my generation is like, 'No, I have aspirations and I want to have a voice.' It’s only now that we’re talking about female and black representation in films, with big movies like 'Wonder Woman' and 'Black Panther' doing well."
"But in all of that, where do you see brown people?" she asked.
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