Priyanka Chopra on her Hollywood helpers Kerry Washington and Ellen Pompeo

By Alex Cramer

Quantico star Priyanka Chopra is still experiencing major pinch-me moments in Tinseltown since the life-changing debut of the drama about the FBI. "I had dinner with Bruce Springsteen. I was like, 'Wait a minute, what just happened,'" the India-born actress told Hello! during the BAFTA Tea Party at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills hotel. "That was cool because I love him!"

The 33-year-old actress is also making a lasting impression. Not only is the Bollywood megastar notching up awards (including a People's Choice trophy), but she's also garnered a few famous fans. “Ellen Pompeo – she is amazing! She yelled out to me on a red carpet," she continued. "And Kerry Washington! They’ve just been wonderful to me, and I didn't know them [before] at all. But they have become really big champions of me, and that’s great. It’s good to have friends when you don’t know anyone."

The rising star has found fans in fellow actresses Ellen Pompeo and Kerry Washington. Photo: © Getty Images

Quantico has proven to be a fan favourite and has made viewers – even actual authorities! – desperate to know the identity of the villain she’s hunting on the show. “The immigration officer when I landed into L.A. told me that he wouldn't stamp my passport until I told him who the terrorist was!" she told us. "But he is a fan and his daughter is a big fan of the show, so it has been all good!”

Of her People's Choice award, the former Miss World reveals she has already won two of the trophies in her home country of India. “But to get it in America, where I'm not from, that was really overwhelming!" she said. "I remember getting onstage [at the awards show] and looking around and really not knowing anybody. So I kept looking at my mother, who has sat with me at every awards show since I was 17.”

Priyanka in her red-carpet finest at the BAFTA Tea party in Los Angeles. Photo: © Getty Images

She's definitely a natural on red carpets, but Priyanka says her personal style is built around comfort rather than glamour. In fact, she even teased that she will one day wear a snuggie. “I think someday, much to my stylist’s disdain, I’m going to," she admitted. "I’m totally going to wear something comfy – track pants – and just arrive and say, 'You know what? That’s my style!'”

Given her willingness to swap evening gowns for sweatsuits, her top tip for success does not come as a surprise. “To not take yourself too seriously," she said. "I did when I first started. I was 17 when I became Miss World [and] I didn't know what was happening ... I realize now [that] I am just an artist. What I wear ... those things don’t matter as long as I’m telling good stories. If you stick to that, then it takes you through everything.”

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