Priyanka Chopra Reflects On Being A Teen In USA And The Apu Factor

Priyanka Chopra Reflects On Being A Teen In USA And The Apu Factor

Actress Priyanka Chopra, who recently signed a multi-million dollar television deal with Amazon, talked about the minimal cultural representation of South Asians in the entertainment content in the West in an interview with Variety magazine. Priyanka, who graduated from high school in the US, said that the only person she thought "culturally represented her was Apu from The Simpsons." Ironically, the character was voiced by a white actor, which she learned much later. The 37-year-old actress, who is married to American singer Nick Jonas, said that the minimal cultural representation had an impact on her teenage years in the US. "What if at 13, I had seen someone who looked like me? As a teenager, I didn't see representation of myself in American pop culture or even global pop culture outside of the stereotypical caricatures of South Asians. I didn't think as a 13-year-old when I was watching TV that something was missing, but now as I'm older, I wonder if I would have been a lot more confident in high school if I would have not been afraid of every other person that looked different than me," Priyanka told Variety. "I wonder if I wouldn't have put my head down and walked in the hallways feeling like a unicorn that everyone was staring at. I wonder if that would have changed my high school experience. I think it would have," she added. Priyanka Chopra, former Miss World, positioned herself firmly in the entertainment space abroad with her leading role in ...
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