Myopic, small mentality: Priyanka on questions about length of her role in new ‘Matrix’ movie


MUMBAI: Priyanka Chopra Jonas says people who trivialise her role in “The Matrix Resurrections” on the basis of her screen time in the film have a “myopic” and “small mentality”.

Chopra Jonas stars as Sati, an exiled program, in the Lana Wachowski-directed movie alongside Keanu Reeves as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity.

During a recent interview with Asian Sunday TV, the actor was asked the reason for taking the part, considering it wasn’t a lead character.

“I think you are coming from something which a lot of people from the South Asian community ask me. ‘It’s a small role, it’s not a leading role, why did you do it?’ Because it’s ‘The Matrix’ and I play an extremely pivotal part.

“Even when I picked my movies in Bollywood, I have always picked roles according to characters and they are not necessarily always the lead. The lead is Carrie-Anne Moss, who played Trinity in the last three movies. You’re not competing with that and I think it’s such a myopic and very small mentality to think that way, Chopra Jonas replied.

In recent years, the 39-year-old actor has gained prominence in Hollywood with her work in the TV show Quantico and films, including Baywatch and Isn’t It Romantic .

Back home in Bollywood, she is regarded as one of the most versatile performers with films such as Fashion , Barfi , Don series, Kaminey , Bajirao Mastani to her credit.

Chopra Jonas said it is her belief that every actor on board for a film contributes to the story.

“This ( The Matrix’) is an ensemble of incredible actors and I think by asking that question, you really reduce the grandiosity of being a part of the playground of playing with such incredible people,” she added.

Chopra Jonas’s upcoming slate of films include Jim Strouse-directed rom-com Text For You , Amazon thriller series Citadel , produced by Russo Brothers, and Sangeet , an unscripted series co-produced with her husband.

She will also produce a film with Amazon Studios on the life of Ma Anand Sheela, the former aide to late godman Osho Rajneesh. (PTI)