People.com Entertainment Movies Priyanka Chopra on Being Told by Hollywood to Amp Up Her Indian Accent: 'This 'Is' My Indian Accent!' "The struggle is really real," the Baywatch star tells PEOPLE By Michelle Tauber Michelle Tauber Twitter Michelle Tauber is the Senior Editor overseeing Royals coverage at PEOPLE. She has been covering the royal family for PEOPLE since 2000, including William and Kate's wedding, Meghan and Harry's wedding and the births of the royal children. Formerly PEOPLE's first and only Head Writer, she has written a record-breaking 250+ cover stories spanning celebrity, crime and human interest. A graduate of the University of Florida, she lives in Orlando. People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 19, 2017 01:56 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Baywatch star Priyanka Chopra made a serious splash at this year’s Met Gala, dazzling fans and fashion critics alike in a risky Ralph Lauren trench dress. At the after-party following the glamorous event, Chopra says she and Master of None star Aziz Ansari looked around the room and marveled at how much Hollywood has diversified recently. “Aziz said, ‘A couple of years ago at this gala, I saw, like, one other brown person,’ ” she tells PEOPLE. ” ‘And today there were, like, six of us in that room!’ ” Yes, there’s still a way to go, “and the struggle is really real,” says the star, 34, whose ABC drama Quantico was just renewed for a third season. “People want to put you in a box. When I started out, people at auditions would be like, ‘Can you use your Indian accent?’ And I’m like, ‘I am speaking in my Indian accent. This is how we speak in modern India!” From PEN: Alexa Ray Joel Helped Sister Sailor with Bullying After Struggling with Teen Shyness A Bollywood megastar before she found fame in Hollywood, she says she is focused on playing strong female characters. “I love playing tough — well, not tough, but strong and powerful characters,” she says. “Which doesn’t mean only action and killing people. Whether it’s being a homemaker, whether it’s being a daughter, I just love characters that give me depth and the ability to do more.” Baywatch hits theaters on May 25.