Quantico‘s Priyanka Chopra is featured in the November 2016 issue of Women’s Health.
What do you get when you mix a Miss World title with more than 50 Bollywood starring roles and a hit major-network drama? That would be Priyanka Chopra, the breakout star of ABC’s Quantico. With all that and then some on her plate, you’d think the 34-year-old would be a slave to her schedule, but not by a long shot. For Priyanka, managing her ambition—and maintaining her fit bod—is all about striking a balance.
“Life is just really fast-paced and you don’t have to kill yourself in the gym,” she tells WomensHealthMag.com in an exclusive behind-the-scenes interview at her cover shoot for the November issue of Women’s Health. “You don’t have to starve yourself. I love having my pizzas and burgers and buffalo wings, on the side, for sure. But I like staying fit as well.”
Priyanka’s discipline isn’t merely for the sake of vanity—she’s got more practical reasons for staying strong. “I have to stay super active and agile because I do my own stunts,” she says. “I do all my fights myself. I trust my body and my instincts.”
Plus, she knows that staying healthy lets her manage everything on her plate. “People always say you should listen to your body,” she says in our November issue. “But I don’t listen to my body. My body listens to me. I can’t afford to be sick or low on energy. It’s mind over matter: I’m going to have a good day, and not in that fake ‘Happy girls are the best girls!’ way.”
If her major successes so far are any indication, Priyanka’s instincts are pretty killer.
Read more from Priyanka on her philanthropic efforts, beauty routine, and Pokémon Go skills in the November issue of Women’s Health, on newsstands October 18.
Quantico airs Sundays at 10/9c on ABC.
Photo Credit: James White for Women’s Health