The world should do more to help Syrian refugee children get an education, actress Priyanka Chopra said after chatting and joking with young refugees at an after-school middle in Jordan’s capital.
Individuals can make a difference with donations if governments don’t step up, said Chopra, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador and Bollywood and Hollywood star.
“We have to take it into our very own hands because this is the world and we just have one from it,” Chopra told The Associated Press at the end of her first day in Jordan.
“I think the earth needs to understand that this isn’t simply a Syrian refugee crisis, from the humanitarian crisis,” she said in an interview Sunday.
Without sufficient support, “this is often a entire generation of kids that may utilize extremism because they may have not obtained an education,” she said.
On Sunday, Chopra, a light gray headscarf slung over her hair, visited a UNICEF-backed children’s centre in Jordan’s capital of Amman. The U.N. child welfare firm supports more than 200 such “Makani” centers — Arabic for “my space” — in Jordan, along with other refugee education programs.
In the center, preteen kids sat around low table or on the floor, color or gluing glitter in writing. Just a few children understood who she was, but easily engaged with her.
A young boy told her he wanted to become an actor. She advised him any particular one of the prerequisites is not to be timid and then challenged him to a staring contest. They locked eye until she ceased, laughing.
Chopra later said she was shifted by the hopefulness of the children she met.
“Some of them want professional occupations, some of them want to return with their countries and rebuild,” she said. “Parents … want that for their children.”
Chopra, 35, shot to fame as Pass up World in 2000 and has acted in several dozen Indian movies and is ever more making her tag in the United States.
She stars in “Quantico,” a Tv set theatre about FBI trainees on ABC, now entering its third season. She appeared in the “Baywatch” movie and has two more developing, “Isn’t It Romantic” with Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine and Liam Hemsworth, as well as “A YOUNGSTER Like Jake” with Claire Danes, Jim Parsons and Octavia Spencer.
Chopra said that she didn’t realize until employed in America that it is “problematic for a woman of color” to be cast in a variety of roles.
She said change should come when “people like me and other people, other stars that are coming in from other areas of the world, in global entertainment …we dig our feet in and say I don’t want to only play the stereotype of what you expect me to be.”
“It’s a combat, it’s a struggle, and I am not afraid to combat it,” she said.
She recalled being insecure about her looks as a teenager.
“I was considered darker well developed, so in my own head, I had not been pretty and that’s the ideology,” said Chopra, who once do an advertisement for a skin area lightening cream, a conclusion she later regretted. At exactly the same time, she said she’s seen “a great deal of girls who are light-skinned in America who say, ‘I am too pale, I’m not fairly’.”
In India, she’s become selective, preferring more complex functions to the pretty girl elements of her early days.
Chopra is also producing videos in regional dialects, to generate an wall plug for music artists who might normally by overlooked by the dominant Hindi-language movie industry. The latest is a film about two refugee children who result from Nepal to India.
Priyanka Chopra, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, offers an interview for the Associated Press at the UNICEF Country Office in Amman, Jordan, Weekend, Sep. 10, 2017. Chopra said the planet must do more to help those displaced by war — through individual donations if government authorities won’t step up. The Bollywood veteran who’s ever more making her tag in the U.S. also said Sunday that she didn’t realize until working America that it’s “problematic for a female of color” to be cast in a wide range of functions. Priyanka Chopra, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, views artwork by Eman Ahmad, right, from Aleppo, at UNICEF’s Makani Center in Amman, Jordan, Sunday, Sep. 10, 2017. Chopra said the globe must do more to help displaced by battle — through individual donations if government authorities won’t step up. The Bollywood veteran who is progressively making her draw in the U.S. also said Sunday that she didn’t realize until employed in America that it’s “difficult for a female of color” to be cast in an array of jobs. Priyanka Chopra, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, matches with children at UNICEF’s Makani Middle in Amman, Jordan, Weekend, Sep. 10, 2017.