. The first time Nick Jonas met Priyanka Chopra, he got down on one knee. Jonas tells me the story on a sunny afternoon in Las Vegas, in an expansive suite at the Wynn. He has just flown in to meet Chopra, who has been here a few days for a charity event. The haven’t seen each other in weeks—not since a trip to India, where, by the time you read this,. By some miracle of genetics (or dermatology), Jonas, 26, has the same fresh face that graced the cover of Tiger Beat ten years ago, but his once-wavy hair is now cropped short, and even black long sleeves cannot hide the small mountain ranges that are his biceps. Though their age difference has been a point of (Chopra, at 36, is ten years older), Jonas seems the more senior and serious of the two.
Dec 03, 2018 Watch video Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra step out as husband and wife after Indian wedding. The “Quantico” actress, 36, wed Jonas, 26, in a lavish Indian ceremony at the Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur.
He moves around with a quiet, clandestine intention, as though, in addition to ordering room service—two turkey burgers, no buns—he might be looking for his house slippers. (“I call him Old Man Jonas,” Chopra says when I note this.). Seated primly on the couch in a mustard-and-black floral sheath by Christian Dior and black heels, Chopra is chatty, exuberant—and psychotically pretty. Sophia Loren–in–her–heyday pretty. Take-her-to-a-Dodgers-game-and-you-will-end-up-in-the-owner’s-box pretty. (That happened on their third date.) Jonas uncorks a bottle of champagne and pours us mimosas. The bended-knee encounter took place at the Vanity Fair Oscars party last year, he explains.
Jonas was hanging out at the bar, dressed in a velvet suit, a white rose tucked into his breast pocket. He noticed Chopra breezing through, in a long black sequined Michael Kors Collection dress.
“And I put my drink down,” Jonas tells me, “get on one knee—this is in front of a bunch of people—and I say, ‘You’re real. Where have you been all my life?’ Like, loud.”. It would be almost a year and a half before Jonas proposed. Naturally, they would spend most of that time not seeing each other.
Yes, Ralph Lauren invited them to attend together—not knowing anything about their months-long text flirtation. And yes, they met for a proper drink a week before the Met at the Carlyle hotel in New York. Chopra ended up inviting Jonas to her apartment that evening—even though her mother was home watching Law & Order in her nightgown.
(Introductions were made, and Jonas confirms that Chopra’s mother, Madhu, was indeed wearing her nightgown.) All along there were signs, chemistry, a mysterious familiarity building. Looking back, Chopra can pinpoint the moment she felt a subtle shift. She was on a date in L.A. With Jonas and he said, “I love the way you look at the world.
I love the drive you have.” “As a girl, I’ve never had a guy tell me, ‘I like your ambition,’ ” Chopra says. “It’s always been the opposite.” PRIYANKA CHOPRA IS undoubtedly one of the biggest movie stars in India. She’s acted in more than 50 films, including India’s first superhero franchise, Krrish. She played an autistic runaway in Barfi!, India’s submission to the 2012 Academy Awards. For her portrayal of an exploited model in a 2008 drama about the Indian fashion industry called, simply, Fashion, she won a National Film Award—India’s equivalent of an Oscar. But movie star doesn’t begin to convey Chopra’s place in Indian culture. Having become famous at the age of seventeen, in 2000, when she was one of three women crowned Miss India, and then doubly famous later the same year when she was crowned Miss World, Chopra is something closer to a head of state, albeit one with a remarkably diverse portfolio.
Her production company, Purple Pebble Pictures, develops movies across India’s regional film industries and in its various languages: Sikkimese, Punjabi, Hindi, English. She has a YouTube series in the works and has become something of a tech investor as well, with a stake in the dating–and–social media app Bumble, which she is helping to bring to India this fall.
(“It’s the idea of it that I love for India,” she tells me. “It’s empowering girls to take control of their futures. You want a career? Go online; pursue the person you want to meet. Choose the kind of guy you like.”) In recent years, Chopra has become well known in America thanks to the FBI drama Quantico—which made her the first Indian-born woman to lead a prime-time network show in the United States.
Although Quantico was canceled this year after three seasons, Chopra most definitely was not. Come February she will star opposite Rebel Wilson in the rom-com send-up Isn’t It Romantic. Chopra, in other words, has done what no Indian superstar before her has managed: cross over into Hollywood. “High-profile people in the industry in India would be like, ‘It’s never happened before. It’s not going to happen. You’re wasting your time,’ ” Acharia says.
(By the way, Chopra is the only celebrity managed by Acharia, whose primary occupation is venture capitalist.) At the news that Chopra was engaged to the youngest Jonas Brother—and when photos surfaced of the couple’s roka engagement ceremony in Mumbai, showing the onetime teen idol in a kurta-pajama—a kind of mania broke out. Partly it was the seeming abruptness. Didn’t they just start dating? Is he old enough to get married? If anything, the attention in India was more intense. There Jonas has acquired a national nickname, a play on the Hindi word jiju, which means “brother-in-law” or, more precisely, “sister’s husband.” As of this summer, in Indian newspaper headlines and across Indian social media, Jonas is now referred to as “National Jiju.” Watch Priyanka Chopra Dance to Nick Jonas’s Soulful Song, “Close”.
One day, Chopra’s brother Siddharth was paging through one of his mother’s magazines when he happened upon an advertisement for the Miss India contest. “This little fellow, my son, all of nine years old, came into my room,” Madhu remembers. “He said, ‘Is Didi beautiful?’ I said, ‘I think so.’ He said, ‘Is she five-eight? ‘Is she seventeen?’ I said yes. ‘OK, then why don’t you fill this out?’ ” (Later, when I reach Siddharth, who is now a chef in Mumbai, he tells me that Chopra had taken over his bedroom. The Miss India idea was his plot to reclaim it.
“I thought, I’ll get my room back.”) Chopra was studying to become an engineer—but she begged to go to the preliminary Miss India competition in Delhi. “I remember the doors of this hotel opening, and these tall, lissome, gorgeous women walking out—in my head, in slow motion—and big tears started rolling down my face,” Chopra says. “My mom said, ‘Don’t worry about how you look. Speak so that they listen to you. Have something to say.’ ” She won. She won the Miss World competition in London, too—at which point the film offers started pouring in. Chopra learned acting on set, by doing.
“Life prepared me for it,” she says. “All the moving around. I knew what cultural differences were.
I knew that differences don’t make us different. Differences make us interesting.” Chopra was ten years into her movie career when, in 2010, she was contacted by Acharia, who was riding a wave of success of her own and had found a business partner in music executive Jimmy Iovine. The two were looking for an Indian artist who could break into the American market. By chance, Acharia had seen Chopra in a spoof hip-hop video a few years earlier. Chopra agreed to a meeting. Her first single, “In My City,” made with will.i.am, was released as the official theme song for the NFL’s 2013 Thursday Night Football season.
The reaction was hostile. Social media erupted with a flood of racist comments (“Who is this Arab terrorist?” and “She’s not American. This is an American sport”). “It took me back to being that sixteen-year-old girl again,” says Chopra. “I remember talking to my manager and saying, ‘It will always be like this.’ ” So when, the following year, the ABC casting executive Keli Lee flew to Mumbai to persuade Chopra to meet with her about Quantico, Chopra was hesitant. “The only thing I told her was: I don’t want my ethnicity to lead the part that I play,” Chopra says.
“I want to have a job. I want to have a plot. I want to have a story.” The night the show premiered, Chopra calmed her nerves the way she often does: She sat by the pool of her Los Angeles hotel in a bikini, with a Bellini in hand. “Bikini Bellinis make me calm,” she says. “It’s my happy place.” Quantico blew up and was ultimately broadcast in 64 countries during its first season.
Never, during all that time, had Chopra allowed herself to be photographed with a boyfriend. “I’ve had that rule my whole life,” she says. “Never publicly acknowledge a relationship. Ever.” But when I bring up Jonas, Chopra covers her face with her hands. She visibly melts. “What is happening?
I’ve not known myself like this,” she says. “This guy turned me into such a girl! If I could blush, I’d be tomato red right now.”.
Jonas and Chopra didn’t see each other for an entire year after that. Not until the next Met gala, in fact, where, oddly, they ran into each other on the red carpet. This, apparently, was the pivotal point when timing began to work in their favor. In Los Angeles later that month, Jonas invited Chopra to a live performance of Beauty and the Beast. They met at the Chateau Marmont. Jonas: “She walks into the Chateau, and I feel an overwhelming sense of peace and understanding about this next chapter of my life.” The next night, they went to the Dodgers game.
The following morning, Jonas called his mother and informed her that he was going to marry Chopra. “This is date three,” Chopra says. Jonas proposed in Crete. As far as Chopra knew, it was to be a birthday trip. Jonas waited until after midnight, so that future engagement anniversaries would not coincide with her birthday celebrations. He had the ring with him, having shut down a Tiffany & Co. In London to pick it out with his brothers a few weeks earlier.
“I got down on one knee, again, and I said: Will you make me the happiest man in the world and marry me?” Jonas says. “No joke—she took about 45 seconds. Forty-five seconds of silence.” (Chopra says she was speechless.) Jonas pressed on. “I’m going to put this ring on your finger now unless you have any objections.” The roka took place in August. “It was such an incredible coming-together of two really ancient cultures and religions,” Chopra says. Jonas’s father, a pastor, said a prayer.
A Hindu priest led blessings. “Nick did the Hindu prayers,” Chopra says.
“The prayers are in Sanskrit. Even I can’t say them. But he did it in Sanskrit. The Indians were so impressed with their National Jiju.” Chopra and Jonas are drawing up long-term plans. They will still do what they’ve done thus far, we can assume, but philanthropy will become an even bigger focus.
We can also assume they will have children, possibly several. “My ultimate dream is to have kids,” Chopra has said in the past. “As many as I can.” First, Jonas and Chopra will marry.
They will have two ceremonies—a traditional Indian wedding and a Christian service officiated by Jonas’s father—each held in different spots at the palace in Rajasthan. The three-day extravaganza promises to be over the top. “People will need vacations after this wedding,” Chopra says. It will be, in tone, not unlike Jonas’s description of the roka: “Two very different cultures and religious backgrounds, and the beauty of it was, there was so much love and acceptance for our side.” “Nick’s mother thinks she was Indian in a past life,” Chopra adds. “She rocks a sari.” Chopra will wear a custom gown by Ralph Lauren, very likely more than one. Before this, Lauren has made wedding dresses only for his daughter, his daugh- ter-in-law, and his niece. But he personally came to Chopra with sketches.
Jonas will dress like royalty, as is customary—turban, sword—and he’ll ride in on a horse. “Are you comfortable on a horse?” it suddenly occurs to Chopra to ask. “I am,” Jonas says.
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“I can’t wait.” Jonas and Chopra will walk around a fire seven times, once for each of the seven lifetimes they will spend together. Truth be told, Jonas is already of the opinion that they’re on their third lifetime together, possibly even their fourth. Either way, he says, “I’ll take seven more.” In this story: Fashion Editor: Tonne Goodman. Menswear Editor: Michael Philouze. Hair: Garren for R+Co. Haircare; Makeup: Pati Dubroff for Marc Jacobs Beauty; Tailor: Christy Rilling Studio.
For Jonas: Grooming: Marissa Machado for Dior Beauty. Produced by Chelsea Sillars for AL Studio. Set Design: Hans Maharawal. Special Thanks to The 1896 and Bayonet Farm. Watch Priyanka Chopra Sing Taylor Swift, Try a Boston Accent, and Beat Up a Clown.