Priyanka Chopra Jonas spoke out about a botched surgery and how she dropped from two movies at the start of her acting career.
Chopra Jonas said, “I felt devastated and hopeless” in her new memoir, “Unfinished,” which was released on Tuesday.
The book recounts the actor’s rise to stardom, which began when she won the Miss India World title at 17 and won Miss World the next year.
After she won a pageant, Chopra Jonas started her acting career in India with a series of movies. Ten years later, she was cast in the starring role on the ABC drama “Quantico” — which marked the first-ever time a South Asian actor had played the lead character on a network TV show in the US.
Even before Chopra Jonas started her career in entertainment, she discovered that in summer 2001 she had a polyp — a benign growth — in her nasal cavity that requires surgery to be removed. She first noticed the problem after developing a “lingering cold,” followed by breathing problems.
The actor wrote in her memoir, “Fortunately, a polypectomy sounded like a pretty routine procedure. Unfortunately, it wasn’t.”
Chopra Jonas said, “The surgeon accidentally shaved the bridge of my nose, and the bridge collapsed.” After the surgery, she and her family were “horrified” by the result.
Chopra Jonas remembered, “My original nose was gone. My face looked completely different. I wasn’t me. Every time I looked in the mirror, a stranger looked back at me, and I didn’t think my sense of self or my self-esteem would ever recover from the blow.”
The star of “We Can Be Heroes” believes the public’s scrutiny and rumors made the situation worse.
During the same period, Chopra Jonas’s profession as an actress was put at risk when she was dropped from two main movies, which she signed on for after the producers heard rumors, she looked different post-surgery.
Chopra Jonas wrote, “As if the physical and emotional pain of the original and subsequent corrective surgeries weren’t enough, this was a terrible blow.”
The actor said, “My career, a career based so much on physical appearance, seemed to be over before it had even really started.”
Chopra’s role in the Hindi film “The Hero: Love Story” was also confined to a supporting role. After initially signing on for four projects, she debuted with “Thamizhan,” a Tamil movie.
She described the experience on set as a positive one in which she gained some confidence.
Chopra Jonas revealed it took “a number of corrective surgeries” to get her nose back to normal.
She said, “I’ve gotten accustomed to this face. Now, when I look in the mirror, I am no longer surprised. I’ve made peace with this slightly different me.”