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In this image released by ABC, Priyanka Chopra, from foreground left, Jake McLaughlin and Brian J. Smith appear in a scene from the new series, "Quantico," part of the new season line-up on ABC. Chopra, 32, a former Miss World, is a popular Bollywood actress who has starred in films like the romance musicals "Fashion" and "Andaaz."

NEW YORK — Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra is heading to American television with a lead role in the ABC drama "Quantico."

"Wow. I'm still reeling," she said Monday night at a party to celebrate the presentations in New York this week where networks unveil new programming to advertisers.

"Quantico" was "my first pick out of everything ABC sent me ... and I got it, so I was like, 'and it got picked up,' so it all happened so fast. I just hope it's amazing and people love it."

Chopra plays an FBI trainee at Quantico Base in Virginia.

"All of (the FBI agents) have secret pasts and something happens where one of us is blamed and then I have to find out who did it," she laughed, adding that there's "a lot of drama and all the fun, of course."

Chopra, 32, is a former Miss World. She has starred in films like the romance musicals "Fashion" and "Andaaz," and has also released music.

"American TV is at the best place it has ever been. It has incredible content," she said.

"I binge watch TV shows when I'm doing hair and makeup, and I just think that all (American) shows that are coming out are so different — so much variety and there's so many different kinds of people on it that the uniqueness of each show is amazing."

Chopra, who will continue to make Bollywood movies, said she knows her fans in India are excited because "they've trended 'Quantico' worldwide like five times."

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