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Seven things we learnt from Priyanka Chopra's 'If I Could Tell You One Thing'

The actress – and her celebrity friends – got deep and personal in the YouTube special

Priyanka Chopra talking to Simone Biles in new YouTube series, 'If I Could Tell You Just One Thing'. YouTube
Priyanka Chopra talking to Simone Biles in new YouTube series, 'If I Could Tell You Just One Thing'. YouTube

Just because she's on movie screens, all over Instagram and married to a world-famous pop star doesn't mean you know everything about Priyanka Chopra.

However, the Quantico actress, who wed musician Nick Jonas last year, showed fans a new, intimate side in her latest endeavour, a YouTube original show.

If I Could Tell You One Thing is a 30-minute talkshow created for the streaming platform, in which Chopra interviews fellow A-list stars. The episode, which landed on YouTube yesterday, shows the 36-year-old meet gymnast Simone Biles, actress and rapper Awkwafina and designer Diane Von Furstenberg.

Below, we round up some of the key insights gained during the show.

Chopra is at a new stage in her life

"I'm in my mid-thirties, I'm trying to figure out where I go next, what I do next," the Bollywood star says, while opening up the door to her Los Angeles home. "I guess getting married made me really think about what the next chapter is." To help her do that, the actress wanted to talk to the trio that feature in the episode, to "maybe help me figure out what I want to do going forward".

Simon Biles is one seriously strong woman

The 22-year-old, Olympic medal-winning gymnast opened up about coping with sexual abuse at the hands of now-convicted USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar.

"There was a time I asked my friend and I called her and I asked her the definition of 'sexually abused,' because some of my other friends, they had had it worse than me," the athlete said in a moving segment.

"She said, "If he did that and that, you've been sexually abused.' I kind of brushed it off, and I was like, 'No, I'm am not willing to put that out there for the world to see. They're not going to see Simone the gymnast. They're going to see Simone as a sexual abuse survivor.'"

Biles did, however, later come forward with her story.

"I feel like I’m a stronger woman today, and I feel like telling my story has helped younger girls," she said.

The gymnast also opened up about dealing with pressure

Simone Biles of the USA competing in London at The O2 Arena on March 23, 2019. Getty Images 
Simone Biles of the USA competing in London. Getty Images

"Always meeting people's need, every single day, is probably the hardest thing I go through," Biles admitted to Chopra. "Even at the Olympics, everybody wanted me to win six golds, and I didn’t meet those needs and I was really down on myself. Especially after the beam – even though I medalled, everyone was like, 'well what the heck is a bronze?' They weren’t satisfied."

However, the all-around, vault and floor medallist revealed she uses therapy to help her with her mental health, adding: "Therapy is everything. Nowadays if you says you’re going to therapy, no one questions it anymore. It needs to be more normalised."

Awkwafina revealed where her talent stems from

The Crazy Rich Asians star, who chatted with Chopra over shaved Korean ice cream, opened up about the death of her mother, admitting that's how she developed her comedic talent.

"I developed humour as a defensive mechanism," the 29-year-old said. "I lost my mom very young and when people saw me, they would cry. And I didn’t want to be this emblem of sorrow. I want people to be happy, I wanted them to feel joy."

She also paid tribute to her grandmother

The actress and rapper, who was born Nora Lum, was partially raised by her grandmother, after losing her mother.

"Everyone like to think their grandma’s hilarious and unique," Awkwafina said, shortly before FaceTiming her with Chopra. "But she's like genuinely eccentric, she’s very grumpy, she says things about people that are so wrong."

DVF is refreshingly candid

The Belgian-American designer stage-managed the entire production, directing the set up of shots, and instructing Chopra to go try on some dresses. But her most forthright revelation was around the breakdown of her marriage to Prince Egon von Furstenberg.

"At 22 I got married, started a business and had a child. I had another child the following year. We were two children, really; we were playing adults," said the businesswoman.

"I wanted a man’s life in a woman’s body. Why can men go and have affairs and women can’t or they have to feel guilty?"

When quizzed by Chopra if she ever did have an affair, Von Fursterberg replied, laughing: "I did, a lot! And I’m very happy I did."

Chopra divulged her favourite thing about being a wife

The star, who married Jonas in her native India last year, admitted that it took her a while to adjust to newlywed life. "Once we found our groove, I realised the beauty of being married is that you can be completely who you are and the other person loves you," she added, shortly before Jonas himself made a quick cameo. "There’s a sense of calm."

Watch the full episode below:

Updated: March 28, 2019 01:53 PM

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