Priyanka Chopra Jonas to US Vice President Kamala Harris: We’re both girls from India, in a way

Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who is now based in Los Angeles, was invited last Friday by the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum to interview Ms. Harris for a fireside chat.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who is now based in Los Angeles, was invited last Friday by the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum to interview Ms. Harris for a fireside chat.

US Vice President Kamala Harris and actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas discussed their ties to India, marriage equality, the war in Ukraine and climate change as they shared a scene at a forum on leadership.

Ms. Chopra Jonas, who is now based in Los Angeles, was invited last Friday by the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum to interview Ms. Harris for a fireside chat.

The actor kicked off the conversation with their Indian connection.

“I think we are both daughters of India, in a way,” Ms. Chopra Jonas told the room full of prominent Democrats invited to the conference from across the country.

“You are a proud American-born daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father. I am an Indian born to two doctors as parents and a recent immigrant to this country who still totally believes in the American dream wholeheartedly,” she said.

Ms. Harris, 57, was born in Oakland, California. Her mother Shyamala Gopalan emigrated to the United States from Tamil Nadu, while her father, Donald J. Harris, moved to the United States from Jamaica.

She is the first woman, the first black American, and the first South Asian American to be elected vice president of the United States.

The United States, said Ms. Chopra Jonas, is seen as a beacon of hope, freedom and choice for the whole world.

“And those principles are under constant attack right now,” she said.

The actor, producer and philanthropist said after working for more than 20 years in films, it was only this year that she was paid the same as her male co-stars.

Ms. Chopra Jonas was most recently seen in “The Matrix Resurrections” directed by Keanu Reeves. She will then play in the Russo Brothers’ “Citadel” and “It’s All Coming Back To Me” series, opposite Sam Heughan.

Ms. Chopra Jonas, 40, also addressed the issue of marriage equality. She is married to American singer Nick Jonas, with whom she welcomed a baby girl in January 2022.

In her remarks, Ms Harris acknowledged that right now they live in an unstable world.

“I have traveled the world as Vice President. I spoke directly with 100 world leaders in person or on the phone,” she said, adding that “things that we have long taken for granted are now up for debate and questioning.”

“You look, for example, at Russia’s unprovoked war in Ukraine. We thought it was pretty much settled – the issue of territorial integrity and sovereignty – and now it’s up for debate, given what’s going on there,” Ms Harris said. .

Ms Harris then quickly turned to domestic issues in the US

“We look in our own country. We thought, surely with the Voting Rights Act and all that it stood for, we assumed and thought that the issue of voting rights in America was settled,” added the US Vice President.

“Then we had Shelby v. Holder. And then after the 2020 election, when more people voted and more young people voted than ever before, states across our country began systematically and intentionally making it harder for people to vote,” Ms. Harris said.

The Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965 to ensure that state and local governments do not pass laws or policies that deny U.S. citizens the equal right to vote based on their race. On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of this landmark civil rights law in Shelby County v Holder.

“We thought a woman’s right – a constitutional right – to make decisions about her own body was established. Not anymore,” Ms Harris said.

The United States Supreme Court recently overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that provided a constitutional right to abortion.

Agreeing with her, Ms Chopra Jonas said: “Absolutely. You are so right. There’s so much to navigate right now. The actor also addressed the issue of climate change as he acknowledged relief efforts in hurricane-hit Florida.

“Extreme weather conditions like this are becoming more frequent and more severe. And I wanted to thank the administration for passing the biggest climate legislation in history earlier this year, because it’s a fact that American leadership is setting an example for other major economies around the world, which are really dragging their feet. when it comes to doing their part. said Ms. Chopra Jonas, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

“The crisis is real and time is running out. And the urgency with which we must act is beyond doubt,” Ms Harris replied, emphasizing adaptation to extreme weather conditions.

“On the point you raised about disparities, you know, back when I was a district attorney in San Francisco, I started one of the first environmental justice units in any office. of the country’s district attorney focused on this issue,” she said.

“As you rightly described, it is our lowest income communities and our communities of color who are most affected by these extreme conditions and impacted by issues that are not of their making,” said Mrs Harris.

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