Most of you might not be aware but Priyanka Chopra first moved to the US when she was only 12 years old to study in a school. Now in a recent chat with Dax Shepherd, the actress mentioned that she felt the need to change her accent “every week” as she was trying to fit in. She revealed that she had to “dramatically” change her accent at the time of speaking to her peers in school, as they wouldn’t understand what she was saying.
“I tried a new accent every week, to try to fit in,” Priyanka mentioned and added that this didn’t work for her because she “left America” even before wrapping high school. “I felt the need to dramatically change my accent when I was in school because if I said something, the next sentence would be ‘huh? excuse me?’ ‘sorry, what?’ It gets so annoying after a point. You know, people debate this a lot about immigrants who come in and their accents change, it’s basically making it convenient for another person,” Priyanka said.
Priyanka, who is married to Nick Jonas, further revealed that when her husband travels to India, his accent changes too because he also tries to make it convenient for those around him. “My husband, for example, is American. When he comes to India, his accent changes. In English, he has a little bit more of an Indian English accent because he is trying to make it more convenient for everyone who hears it a certain way,” she shared.
Meanwhile, Priyanka had previously mentioned that when she first moved to the US for school, she did face racism and bullying, which led her to move back to India to finish her school. “I was living in Bareilly, from there I went straight to Boston and joined school there. I didn’t know how to fit in. Also, I faced some racial issues. Some girls called me ‘browny’ and I was typecast, pointed a finger at for being Indian,” she had shared at India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit.