Priyanka's 'Baywatch' co-star writes about her in Time mag


Actress Priyanka Chopra has added one more feather to her cap by not only finding a place in the Time’s ‘100 most influential people’ of 2016, but also getting her own unique cover for the magazine issue.

Priyanka has been honoured with a brief profile written by her Hollywood debut ‘Baywatch’ co-star Dwayne Johnson who hailed her as a star rising higher.

Popular as ‘The Rock’, the actor writes, “Before ever meeting Priyanka Chopra, I had heard her name coming out of Bollywood and was impressed: she was beautiful, talented, had made nearly 50 movies, earned multiple awards—a massive star.”

“When we connected around the time she started ‘Quantico’, we immediately hit it off. She has drive, ambition, self-respect, and she knows there’s no substitute for hard work. We always quote the saying “Wear your success like a T-shirt, not like a tuxedo,” and she really does—as big a star as she is, as global as she is, as beautiful as she is, there’s this interesting quality of relatability,” he continues.

Dwayne further speaks about Priyanka’s achievements in the west: “Now I’m lucky enough to be working with her on ‘Baywatch’. It’s an amazing time to watch as she pierces the U.S. market. She has an ability to inspire people to do more and achieve more. When I look at her success from the 50,000-ft. view and see everything that Priyanka has already done, is currently doing and has the desire and the bandwidth to do, I can see that her impact is going to be invaluable.”

The actor also posted a message on Twitter for his Indian co-star writing, “Very proud of you my friend. I'm thrilled to write your story. We're just getting started. #WD #Aiga #TIME100.”

In a statement to Time, Priyanka said, “When I was very young, I was 19 and I was doing the first few movies, I remember that my dates weren’t working out. My scheduling wasn’t working out for a movie with a very big actor. And the producer said, ‘Well, she can’t work it out, it’s fine, we’ll just cast someone else. Or, you know what? I’ll launch a new girl because girls are replaceable.’ I didn’t understand it then. But I think subconsciously it really worked on my mind, and I started picking up parts which were strong, which were not just the damsel in distress waiting for someone to rescue me. As much as I like being rescued. Every girl does … Now 13, 15 years later, whatever, I think that the movies that I do, I’m irreplaceable and the boys are replaceable.”

The ‘Jai Gangaajal’ actress took to Twitter and shared the magazine cover graced by her and expressed her happiness and humility.

“What a way to start the day! #Time100’s list of achievers! Humbled, overwhelmed and feeling so blessed!” Priyanka wrote on the micro-blogging site.