Priyanka Chopra's First-Ever Acting Audition Was for 'Quantico'

"My hands are getting sweaty thinking about it," she joked.

ByABC News
September 23, 2016, 10:25 AM

— -- Priyanka Chopra had never auditioned for any acting gigs until "Quantico," even though she's been in more than 50 movies.

“It’s a really funny story,” Chopra, 34, said on “Good Morning America” today. “Yes it was. I guess that’s how it’s done here. Because I ended up being Miss World, I’m just casually putting that out there, in 2000, so people kind of knew who I was and [I] was cast in movies because it made sense. And then I just ended up doing a lot of them because I guess I was decent at my job.”

But because auditioning was such a new experience for Chopra, she admits it was quite nerve-wracking.

“When I picked ‘Quantico’ as a script, I had to meet them and they had to meet me and I had to do a reading. I had never been in a stare-out room with seven people sitting there and had to perform. It was such a weird thing for an actor to do. I mean, I can make a complete idiot out of myself in front of 80,000 people on stage, but that is a moment which is like, my hands are getting sweaty thinking about it.”

“So I talked to myself, completely cliché, in the bathroom before and said, ‘You’ve done 50 movies. What’s wrong with you?’ And I went in there, did my thing, and I got the job,’” she added.

Now the hit show is embarking on its second season, which premieres this Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

Two-time Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood is joining the cast as Owen Hall, who is training Chopra for the CIA after she was fired from the FBI.

“This show is known for its twists,” said Underwood. “When you see the show on Sunday night, do not miss the last 30 seconds. And then we’ll talk about it Monday morning.”