The Bollywood icon hopes her role opened doors for women of colour in Hollywood.
Priyanka Chopra has bid an emotional farewell to TV show Quantico.
The show aired its series finale last week, after running for three seasons. Chopra played FBI agent Alex Parrish, making history as the first South Asian actress to headline an American TV series.
To mark its end, the Bollywood star shared an Instagram post paying tribute to the show’s legacy.
As the series ends, I am saying goodbye to Alex Parrish. As you’ll see, her story will come full circle…and that is the best feeling as an actor. Bringing Alex to life has challenged me physically and emotionally, but even more significant it has (I hope) cracked the door open for female talent and women of color to play leading ladies. Thank you for opening your homes and hearts to me every week! Thank you to the cast and crew of #Quantico for being such an amazing team to work with, for all the memories that I will cherish…memories of laughter, of learning new things, of making friends for life. It was a pleasure working with each and every one of you, and I look forward to crossing paths again! Thank you @joshsafran @abcnetwork @mseitzman @disney and everyone who worked on the show
“As this season ends, I am saying goodbye to Alex Parrish,” she penned. “As you’ll see, her story will come full circle… and that is the best feeling as an actor.”
The former Miss World expressed her hope that her role might have opened doors for women of colour in a notoriously difficult industry.
“Even more significantly, it has (I hope) cracked the door open for female talent and women of colour to play leading ladies.”
Fans took to social media to praise Chopra for playing a “badass brown woman”.
“Thank you @priyankachopra for representing us brown girls on American television. It was time that someone played a powerful and badass role,” one posted. “We were all so tired of seeing the same stereotypical roles but you came and changed the game with Alex Parrish.”
Thank you @priyankachopra for representing us brown girls on American television, it was time that someone played a powerful and badass role 👏🏽❤️ We were all so tired of seeing the same stereotypical roles, but you came and changed the game with Alex Parrish. #Quantico pic.twitter.com/NWid4xp05p
— Sheza ☽ (@Shezaahmed17) August 3, 2018
The show cemented Chopra as a household name. She scooped a number of awards, including a People’s Choice Award for Favourite Actress in a New TV Series. She’s since landed a string of Hollywood projects, including upcoming action flick Cowboy Ninja Viking opposite Chris Pratt.
We’re already excited to see she gets up to next…