"For an Indian family and and Indian wedding, [it was small] for sure," Chopra said
The Quantico actress, 36, stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday for her first televised U.S. interview since saying her “I dos.”
Of course, her appearance didn’t come without some teasing from DeGeneres, who compared the seemingly never-ending nuptials to the “royal wedding.”
“It was just three days!” the new Mrs. Jonas explained, defending herself. “One Indian ceremony and one western Christian ceremony, and one day of pre-rituals — which we have in the Hindu wedding. But it was not, like … usually Indian weddings are a thousand people, at least. We only had 200, which was mostly family because both of us have giant families.”
The couple’s desire to keep their nuptials “super intimate” and “just family” did appear to cause some tension between Chopra and her mother, Madhu Chopra.
“For an Indian family and an Indian wedding, [it was small] for sure,” Chopra said, joking, “My mother was so upset with me the whole time. She was like, ‘I need to have another wedding for the other 150,000 people that I know! How can I not invite my jeweler? How can I not invite my hairdresser?’ So it was a whole conversation.”
“When you have 100 people in your family … my dad’s side, my mom’s side, they have brothers, sisters, cousins, kids, it’s like a whole thing,” Chopra added.
One person missing from the invite list was DeGeneres. The comedian, 61, had been one of the first celebrities to interview Jonas, bringing him and his band, the Jonas Brothers, on her talk show when they were first starting out. She was also Jonas’ landlord, when he lived in her condo. So she had to ask Chopra why she didn’t make the cut.
“We were so offended that you didn’t even respond to our invite,” Chopra shot back, sarcastically. “It’s so true! I was like, ‘We’re not good enough for Ellen? She wouldn’t come to India? She doesn’t even respond anymore? Nick, you’ve had such a good relationship with her …’ I was very offended for him, honestly. But I’m just the wife. I don’t know anything …”
Laughs aside, Chopra admitted to DeGeneres that she didn’t really know much about Jonas’ career when they first met. Nor did he know anything about her Bollywood past.
To fix that, the couple had a show-and-tell when they first started dating. “We showed each other our work from when we were younger — the embarrassing stuff, like, the horrible stuff,” Chopra said on Ellen. “It was great. That’s how we got to know each other’s careers.”
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Overall, she couldn’t help but gush about what a great man her husband is.
“It shocks me how he’s not been corrupted,” she said. “We know when you’re entertainment for such a long time … He’s so family-driven, he’s all about his parents. And he’s just nice and sweet.”
The Ellen DeGeneres Show airs weekdays in syndication (check local listings).