To wear the famous red swimsuit, "you need to be on a diet of, like, one olive," Chopra tells PEOPLE

By Michelle Tauber
May 18, 2017 09:44 AM

Priyanka Chopra might just be the Baywatch star having the most fun.

The actress plays a high-fashion, cut-throat “power chick” in the new film — and that meant a pass on the series’ iconic red swimsuits.

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“You need to be on a diet of, like, one olive,” she says with a laugh of her costars’ discipline. “I’m not like that as a person, you know? I like my food.” During shooting, “I could sit and eat whatever I wanted while everyone else was going to the gym.”

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Besides, “I got to wear couture and heels on the beach,” adds Chopra, 34, whose ABC drama Quantico was just renewed for a third season. “It’s so absurd that it’s fabulous.”

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(Her trick for walking on sand in sky-high heels? “Always walk on your toes.”)

And the heels served another purpose, too: “I asked for the highest of heels, because I couldn’t be looking at Dwayne [“The Rock” Johnson] from down here and threatening him, right? I mean, I needed to look in his eyes.”

Baywatch hits theaters this Friday.