There was too much pressure on me: Priyanka on her Oscar appearance

  • Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 06, 2016 11:58 IST
Presenters Priyanka Chopra and Liev Schreiber walk backstage at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood. (REUTERS)

Nothing is impossible, or so seems to be the case with Priyanka Chopra, who, over the past few months, has been making waves in India and abroad. From winning the People’s Choice Award in Los Angeles, to presenting an award at the Oscars — she is unstoppable at the moment.

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“I feel exhausted,” says the actor, before promptly adding, “But I also feel a sense of accomplishment with everything that has ­happened so far. I’ve worked very hard for this. But I know there are many more miles to go and milestones to achieve before I sleep.”

Priyanka Chopra at the 88th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. (AFP)

On February 28, the 33-year-old presented the Best Editing award to Margaret Sixel at the Oscars. She admits “it was a new ­experience” for her to walk down the red carpet of the prestigious event, meet interesting people and watch the show live. “The Oscars have such a history, and yet a familiarity, ­having grown up watching it. It was nice to be part of it. I enjoyed every moment, including being a presenter.”

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Priyanka’s white sheer gown, by Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad, was a big hit on the Oscars red carpet. Ask her if it was easy to zero in on the dress, and she says, “I had multiple options, but I went with what I was feeling that day. I loved the colour, and the fact that it was classy and elegant. It felt right when I put it on. I couldn’t believe the pressure that was on me, so it’s a relief that my outfit was appreciated. The fashion critics and the media on the red carpet, the people I met at the show — everyone had very nice things to say [about the gown].”

Priyanka Chopra at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Los Angeles. (AFP)

After the Oscars, Priyanka headed straight to Miami to start shooting for her debut Hollywood film, Baywatch. “I love the creative rush I get from being on a film set. The excitement to work on a new film, to get into the skin of my character, understanding the thought process of my director, and geting to know my co-stars — all of this makes it an amazing experience.”

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