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To think that Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra might have forgone entertainment for a career as an engineer is perhaps as unbelievable to awestruck Americans as the fact that she can actually sing is to Indians. But spend 15 minutes with the 31-year-old beauty, and it becomes almost instantly evident that Chopra can do just about anything she sets her mind to.
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Music industry veteran Jimmy Iovine certainly saw that when, after first meeting Chopra, he quickly locked up a recording contract for her with Interscope/Universal. Representation with CAA followed, which helped lead to other international crossover projects. Among them: “Exotic,” a single featuring Latin rapper Pitbull (with requisite ultra-sexy island-themed music video), a forthcoming album produced by RedOne (Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez) and a speaking role in the animated movie Planes, out today.
Chopra is a household name in India — a celebrity on par with a Jennifer Aniston or Julia Roberts — yet much to our surprise, she remains charmingly humbled, grounded and open. She’s also looking to cross a couple more wide-eyed dreams off her to-do list. Witness her drive for yourself in the interview above.
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