Though she’s proven her mettle by doing her own stunts on ABC’s FBI drama, Chopra says that doesn’t mean she could actually fight with the enormous former pro wrestler. “He’d crush me with his pinky,” Chopra said in an interview with TheWrap.
“I put my highest heels on in all of those scenes, because I’m really patronizing, extremely insulting and evil and manipulative,” she said, before adding “And extremely delicious.”
Chopra will star in Paramount’s big-screen adaptation of the classic 1990s TV series when “Baywatch” hits theaters next year.
Originally written for a man, Chopra’s character is Victoria, the villainous real estate developer trying to destroy the bay beloved by the lifeguards played by Johnson and Zac Efron.
“Slow motion is my game. Slow motion is my thing,” Chopra said, recalling memories of watching “Baywatch” with her mother while growing up in India. “Victoria walks in slow motion all the time; she doesn’t run because it’s too much of an effort. She just walks in her couture and high heels.”
And the actress, who had a huge career as a model, singer and Bollywood actress before making a crossover to American audiences with “Quantico,” has plenty of experience getting things done in heels. Even when she plays the FBI trainee Alex Parrish on the ABC drama, “You don’t notice it because the attention doesn’t go there, but I’m always in heels,” she said.
“I think because I was Miss World, and I modeled for a little while, I have — I just like heels, actually,” Chopra said. “I think that’s the truth. I’m trying to find an excuse.”
“Who doesn’t want to be like five inches taller whenever they can be?” she added. “If boys could, they’d be wearing heels.”