- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly magazine, Indian actress Priyanka Chopra said that she was a big fan of the 1990s syndicated TV show “Baywatch” and that it inspired her early acting career in Bollywood movies.

“My mom and me, it was our favorite thing to watch,” said the 34-year-old former Miss World beauty-pageant winner. “I loved the theme song, I loved how everybody was backlit, running in slow motion. When I became a Hindi movie actress, I used to take inspiration and do all of my slow motion acting from ‘Baywatch’.”

Ms. Chopra co-stars in the silver-screen adaptation of “Baywatch,” as Victoria Leeds, a drug-running villain who matches wits with lifeguards Mitch Buchanan and Matt Brody, played by Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron respectively.

Judging by the trailers, the action-comedy doesn’t take itself seriously, and, accordingly to Ms. Chopra, that may just be what movie audiences this summer could use.

“There’s so much in the world that’s happening right now that’s dark and heavy, and I think people need a reason to smile,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “You want a break from the news for a second. Somewhere you want to believe in humanity and people and good over evil, and just laugh. ‘Baywatch’ gives you all of that.”

“Baywatch” premieres on June 2 in Ms. Chopra’s native India and May 25 in the U.S.

• Ken Shepherd can be reached at kshepherd@washingtontimes.com.

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