With a slight smile on her lips, donning a designer dress and carrying a designer handbag, Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra 33 entered the room to audition for a role in "Quantico." There was a superstar aura around her that made even the series creator -- who had no clue about her international star status -- shift in his seat and sit up straight.

“I was very confused because I didn’t know who she was, but we all sat up straighter,” "Quantico" creator Joshua Safran said to The New York Times (NYT), adding that he did not know what character she had to read out.

For the actress, "Quantico" is not her first venture in the U.S. Chopra has starred in a Guess Jeans campaign that was shot by Bryan Adams in 2013. She also was the featured artist for NFL’s “Thursday Night Football,” and her debut single "In My City" features American rapper Will.i.Am and was released by Hollywood talent agency CAA.

But it is a new beginning for her in Hollywood as an actor, and she is still not a household name in the U.S. “After being in movies for 13 years in India, I’m suddenly a debutante all over again,” she said. “I’m scared and nervous --petrified, actually.”

In ABC’s new drama “Quantico,” which makes its debut on Sept. 27, Chopra plays protagonist Alex Parrish, an Indian-American who is a trainee at federal bureau of investigation (FBI). She is suspected of masterminding the biggest terrorist attack on New York since Sept. 11.

Chopra has bagged the starring role in the new drama as part of ABC’s continued drive to promote diversity on-screen through casting and outreach efforts, NYT reported. Her co-stars in “Quantico” include Jake McLaughin, Tate Ellington, Graham Rogers, Johanna Braddy, Yasmine Al Masri and Anabelle Acosta, all of whom play FBI recruits.

ABC is banking on “Quantico,” and posters of Chopra are seen all across America, from buses, bus stops to subway station. This is the first time that a non-American actress has been the subject of such a massive campaign. However, it remains to be seen if “Quantico” will take off, in spite of ABC spending millions of dollars on its marketing campaign.

IBT Australia Edition takes a look into the actress' multifaceted persona.

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