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  • ♪♪♪ >> Stephen: HEY, EVERYBODY!

  • WELCOME BACK TO "A LATE SHOW."

  • SHE IS AN ACTRESS, PHILANTHROPIST, AND FORMER MISS

  • WORLD.

  • SHE NOW STARS IN, AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCES, THE NEW FILM "THE

  • WHITE TIGER."

  • PLEASE WELCOME PRIYANKA CHOPRA JONAS!

  • PRIYANKA, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE.

  • >> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME.

  • I HAVEN'T SEEN YOU SINCE 2017, I THINK.

  • >> Stephen: IT'S BEEN TOO LONG.

  • CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, I THINK YOU MAY BE WINNING THE BEST ZOOM

  • BACKGROUND SO FAR TO OF THE PANDEMIC.

  • THAT IS BEAUTIFUL STAGING YOU'VE GOT THERE.

  • >> LET ME TELL YOU, I COMMITTED TO THE ZOOM THING A LOT EARLIER

  • THAN MOST PEOPLE.

  • EVERYONE'S WAITING FOR, YOU KNOW, US ZOOMING TO BE OVER.

  • WHEN ARE WE GOING BACK TO OFFICES.

  • THAT'S NOT HAPPENING FOR A WHILE.

  • SO I COMMITTED, AND I BOUGHT AMAZON LITE, AND I FOUND AN AREA

  • IN MY HOUSE AND SET IT UP, OR A FRIEND OF MINE TID.

  • >> Stephen: THE LAST TIME WE WERE TOGETHER YOU WERE PRIYANKA

  • CHOPRA, NOW YOU'RE PRIYANKA CHOPRA JONAS.

  • FIRST OF ALL, CONGRATULATIONS TO NICK JONAS.

  • >> RIGHT?

  • >> Stephen: COME ON.

  • DUH.

  • >> Stephen: HOW IS PANDEMIC MARRIAGE?

  • >> UM, IT'S GREAT BECAUSE WE STILL LIKE EACH OTHER.

  • >> Stephen: THAT'S ALWAYS GOOD.

  • THAT'S ALWAYS GOOD.

  • >> THOUGHTS IMPORTANT.

  • ALSO, I DON'T THINK WE BOTH HAVE HAD SUCH INDIVIDUAL CAREERS THAT

  • I DON'T THINK WE WOULD HAVE HAD SIX MONTHS WITH EACH OTHER EVER,

  • SO THAT'S REALLY A BLESSING, AND I WAS REALLY HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO

  • HAVE THAT TIME WITH EACH OTHER.

  • >> Stephen: DID YOU WATCH THE INAUGURATION OF THE NEW

  • PRESIDENT?

  • >> YES, I DID.

  • >> Stephen: OKAY.

  • AS A SOUTH ASIAN WOMAN YOURSELF, WHAT DID IT MEAN TO YOU TO SEE

  • THE NEW VICE PRESIDENT TO BE THE FIRST FEMALE, FIRST SOUTH ASIAN,

  • FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN VICE PRESIDENT?

  • >> A COUPLE OF THINGS.

  • IT WAS SUCH AN EMOTIONAL MOMENT FOR A LOT OF MY FRIENDS AND

  • FAMILY, BUT COMING FROM A COUNTRY LIKE INDIA WHICH HAS

  • SEEN SEVERAL WOMEN IN GOVERNANCE FROM PRIME MINISTERS TO

  • PRESIDENTS, WELCOME TO THE CLUB, AMERICA, IS WHAT I WAS SAYING.

  • YOU KNOW, HIGH TIME, AND I HOPE THIS IS NOT THE FIRST.

  • I HOPE THIS IS MANY, MANY BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT GOVERNANCE

  • SHOULD LOOK LIKE, AND LEADERSHIP LOOKS AMAZING ESPECIALLY WHEN

  • IT'S DIVERSE AND REFLECTIVE OF WHAT THE WORLD REALLY LOOKS

  • LIKE.

  • >> Stephen: YOU RECENTLY POSTED SOMETHING THAT I WOULD

  • LIKE TO SHOW OUR AUDIENCE RIGHT NOW.

  • THIS IS -- I GUESS YOU'RE 17 YEARS OLD IN THIS PHOTO, AND

  • HERE YOU HAVE IT -- LEAN, MEAN AND ALL OF 17.

  • AND THIS WAS BEFORE YOU WERE MISS WORLD, BEFORE YOU WERE MISS

  • INDIA.

  • >> UH-HUH.

  • >> Stephen: WHAT WAS YOUR PLAN?

  • AT THAT AGE, WHAT TID YOU THINK YOU WERE GOING TO DO?

  • >> WELL, I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL.

  • THIS WAS 12th GRADE AND, YOU KNOW, I WAS KIND OF FEELING

  • MYSELF.

  • IT WAS ALL ABOUT MAKING SURE I GET THROUGH MY EXAMS, WHICH AT

  • THAT TIME WERE REALLY DAUNTING FOR ME.

  • AND, YOU KNOW, I HAD JUST BEEN SELECTED FOR MISS INDIA, AND I

  • THINK I WAS JUST, LIKE, REALLY FIGURING OUT WHAT MY MODEL SELF

  • LOOKED LIKE.

  • AND RIGHT NOW, LOOKING BACK, I'M, LIKE, WHERE DID THESE

  • CURVES COME FROM?

  • I USED TO BE REALLY LEAN.

  • ( LAUGHTER ) >> Stephen: I HAVE A QUESTION.

  • WHEN I FIRST INTERVIEWED YOU, YOU WERE ALREADY HUGE IN INDIA,

  • AND YOU WERE COMING OVER TO DO YOUR FIRST TELEVISION SHOW IN

  • THE UNITED STATES.

  • WHEN YOU FIRST CAME OVER TO THE UNITED STATES -- I KNOW THIS IS

  • LIKE A TINY, PETTY AND UNIMPORTANT QUESTION, BUT I'M

  • CURIOUS -- CHINESE PEOPLE WHO COME TO THE UNITED STATES SEE

  • CHINESE FOOD AND GO, THAT'S NOT CHINESE FOOD.

  • ITALIAN PEOPLE COME HERE AND SAY, THAT'S NOT ITALIAN FOOD.

  • IS INDIAN FOOD YOU GET IN THE UNITED STATES ACTUALLY INDIAN

  • FOOD OR IS IT AN AMERICANIZED VERSION OF IT?

  • >> NO, IF YOU GO TO THE RIGHT PLACE -- THERE'S SUCH A LARGE

  • AMERICAN-INDIAN COMMUNITY IN AMERICA THAT I HAVE BEEN IN

  • RESTAURANTS THAT ARE SUPER AUTHENTIC.

  • I'VE DEFINITELY HAD FOOD WHICH IS SUPER AUTHENTIC, BUT JUST

  • BECAUSE I THINK IT LENDS TO SUCH A LARGE COMMUNITY HERE.

  • BUT IF YOU COME TO INDIA, WE FLAVORRIZE EVERY CUISINE WITH

  • SPICES AND INDIAN FOOD.

  • THERE'S INDIAN CHINESE, INDIAN ITALIAN, INDIAN EVERYTHING.

  • >> Stephen: THE NEW MOVIE IS "THE WHITE TIGER," BASED ON AN

  • 2008 NOVEL, AND IT WON THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE.

  • YOU'VE EXECUTIVE PRODUCED THE MOVIE.

  • WHAT IS IT ABOUT AND WHO DO YOU PLAY?

  • >> WELL, THE MOVIE IS ACTUALLY REALLY INTERESTING.

  • THE BOOK IS BASED PREDOMINANTLY ON AN AMBITIOUS MAN WHO WANTS TO

  • DEFY WHAT HIS BIRTH HAS, YOU KNOW, DESTINED FOR HIM.

  • PEOPLE'S BIRTHRIGHT -- HE'S BORN IN THIS VORTEX OF POVERTY AND

  • THE SOCIOECONOMIC DIVIDE THAT IS EVER INCREASING, THIS IS SORT OF

  • A MAN TRYING TO CLAW HIS WAY OUT.

  • IT'S A STORY ABOUT AMBITION.

  • IT'S TOLD VERY SARCASTICALLY.

  • IT'S FUNNY.

  • MY CHARACTER IS -- HE BECOMES A DRIVER, AND MY CHARACTER IS THE

  • PEOPLE WHO HE WORKS FOR, AND I PLAY AN AMERICAN GIRL WHO COMES

  • IN AND IS WOKE AND, YOU KNOW, TRIES TO SORT OF RELATE TO HIM

  • AND TELLS HIM, YOU KNOW, YOU SHOULD GET OUT OF THE

  • CIRCUMSTANCES THAT YOU'RE IN.

  • I PULLED MYSELF OUT OF IT, NOT REALIZING THE COMPLEXITIES OF

  • BEING BORN INTO POVERTY.

  • AND HER GRAY HAIRSELF, WHEN IT'S CONVENIENT, SHE'S NOT AS WOKE.

  • SO I LOVE THIS MOVIE HAS A NARRATIVE ABOUT HUMAN NATURE

  • WHICH, WHEN IT'S CONVENIENT, WE ALWAYS BAT FOR OURSELVES.

  • THAT'S A CROOKED REFERENCE.

  • >> Stephen: WE BAT OVER HERE, TOO.

  • >> GREAT.

  • >> Stephen: WE HAVE A CLIP.

  • CAN YOU TELL US WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THIS?

  • >> YES, THE CLIP YOU'RE GOING TO SEE IS ME AND OUR DRIVER HAVING

  • A CONVERSATION AND ME TELLING HIM TO PULL HIMSELF OUT OF HIS

  • CIRCUMSTANCES.

  • >> Stephen: JIM.

  • COME HERE.

  • MADAM.

  • SIT DOWN.

  • I THINK IT'S WRONG THE WAY YOU WORK FOR US.

  • YOU SHOULD BE FINISHING YOUR EDUCATION, STARTING YOUR OWN

  • FAMILY.

  • >> YOU ARE FAMILY TO ME, MADAM.

  • DON'T SAY THAT, THAT'S NOT TRUE.

  • YOU CAN'T POSSIBLY BELIEVE THAT.

  • DO YOU KNOW WHAT MY PARENTS DO IN AMERICA?

  • THEY RUN A ( BLEEP ) BOTAIGA I JACKSON HEIGHTS SELLING BEER AND

  • PORN.

  • I USED TO DO MY HOMEWORK IN THE BASEMENT AND ONE NIGHT I SAW MY

  • MOM HELD AT GUNPOINT AND SHE STILL FINISHED WORKING HER SHIFT

  • FOR THE NIGHT.

  • I GOT OUT.

  • WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO.

  • >> Stephen: I UNDERSTAND THE DIRECTOR HAD A STYLE OF

  • DIRECTING YOU WEREN'T USED TO.

  • I'D LOVE YOU TO TELL THE STORY BECAUSE, AS SOMEONE WHO'S DONE

  • SOME ACTING, I WOULD FIND THIS DISORIENTING AS WELL.

  • GO AHEAD.

  • >> RIGHT.

  • ALSO.

  • IT WAS SO FUNNY.

  • THE LEAD ACTOR OF OUR MOVIE SAID IT WAS SO LIBERATING AS AN ACTOR

  • NOT TO HAVE A DIRECTOR SAY "ACTION."

  • >> Stephen: HE DOESN'T YELL ACTION.

  • >> RAMIN DOESN'T SAY ACTION OR CUT.

  • HE SAYS, WHENEVER YOU'RE READY.

  • AND THE CAMERA ROLLS AND WHENEVER YOU'RE READY, YOU START

  • ACTING.

  • PHO ARDESH, HE LOVED IT.

  • HE SAID I DIDN'T FEEL LIKE A ROBOT.

  • ME WHO'S USED TO GOING ON ACTION, IT'S LIKE READY, SET,

  • GO, YOU KNOW WHEN TO START.

  • I'M READY FOR ACTION, THE CAMERA IS MIND ME.

  • FIRST DAY, NO ACTION, I TURN AROUND, AND HE SAID, YOU JUST

  • GO.

  • I WAS SO THROWN OFF, AND THEN HE DOESN'T SAY CUT.

  • SO I'M USED TO KEEP THE SCENE GOING IMPROV TILL THE DIRECTOR

  • SAYS CUT, AND HE DOESN'T.

  • SO HE STANDS NEXT TO US AND STARTS GIVING YOU INSTRUCTIONS

  • AND I'M, LIKE, OH, I GUESS WE CUT.

  • >> Stephen: THAT WOULD MAKE ME EXTRAORDINARILY NERVOUS.

  • >> I WAS SO NERVOUS THE WHOLE TIME, I WAS, LIKE, WHEN IS THE

  • CAMERA ON?

  • >> Stephen: >> Stephen: "THE WHITE TIGER"

  • IS IN SELECT THEATERS NOW AND PREMIERES ON

  • NETFLIX THIS FRIDAY.

  • PRIYANKA CHOPRA JONAS, E