On Daily Routines, we profile successful leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, executives and athletes to explore their routines, schedules, habits and day in the life.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas is a busy woman. But you don’t need to read her daily routine to figure that out, just have a look at the number of emails she’s got sitting in her inbox. “I have almost three million unread e-mails on my phone,” she told Harper’s BAZAAR in 2020. “It’s a party trick; I’ll show people my home screen. You can’t even see all the numbers on the little mail icon—there are too many!”
And to think, she was on her way to study aeronautical engineering in her early years. It was only after she won Miss World 2000 that the film offers came flooding in and she had to put her dreams of being an aeronautical engineer on hold.
I belong to a family of academicians. I was a science student who wanted to become an engineer. When I was crowned Miss World, my mother came onstage and hugged me. Then while still holding me in a hug, she whispered, ‘Who is going to study now?’I have never felt the need for cosmetic surgery: Priyanka | The Times of India
The Indian actress, producer, model and singer is now one of the biggest Bollywood stars in the world today, and since her transition into the American film and television industry, has featured in a number of Hollywood roles, including Baywatch (2017), Isn’t It Romantic (2019), We Can Be Heroes (2020), The Matrix Resurrections (2021), and The White Tiger (2021).
In addition to her acting career, Chopra has also branched out into film production, with her own production company, Purple Pebble Pictures, which is focused on showcasing new talent in the Indian film industry, particularly from the regional areas.
Then there’s her singing career — she has released three singles to date and collaborated with famed Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am; her writing — she has been contributing an opinion column for the Hindustan Times since 2009 and has also written for The New York Times and The Guardian; as well as her philanthropy work — Chopra’s foundation “The Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education” supports various causes around the world.
Not to mention her 2021 memoir, Unfinished, which reached The New York Times Best Seller list, and her various business ventures. Suffice to say, in between her work and family life (Chopra is married to Nick Jonas and the couple welcomed a baby girl in January 2022), the Indian entertainment hyphenate stays busy all year-round.
Priyanka Chopra’s daily routine
On a typical day, Chopra is up between 8-9am, and the first thing she does is have a large cup of espresso which she says is how she gets her brain started for the day. If she’s in New York then her assistant will come by with a Sweetgreen bowl made up of scrambled eggs, veggies, and farrow.
After her meal, Chopra gets on Zoom to work out with her trainer. While their workout sessions will vary depending on whatever role she needs to get ready for, they’re generally focused around body weight exercises and lots of cardio. “I was never able to consistently work out before, but the quarantine helped me get into a routine of working out five days a week,” she told The Cut.
As part of her morning routine, Chopra likes to spend time catching up on everything happening in her world. With her film career mainly spread across the US and India, there’s always bound to be messages and notifications filling up her phone overnight. She also likes to stay up-to-date with the news.
“I need to know what’s happening in the world before I can do anything,” she said. “I get The New York Times, the New York Post, and The Times of India delivered to the house, and I also read BBC’s website.”
From there, it’s usually go, go, go for the Indian entertainment superstar. She might be on location shooting, working on her production company (Purple Pebble Pictures has deals in place with Amazon and CBS Viacom), or having meetings with her team at her house. One of the bonuses of having meetings from Chopra’s home is that there are always charcuterie boards floating around for lunch.
When it comes to her daily diet, Chopra described some of her staple food items in a 2008 interview with ETimes:
I love eating ghar ka khana and am non-fussy about food. So no diet plans for me at all. What I do try and avoid is oily food. I don’t have that in excess. And my daily diet consists of regular food like chapati, vegetables, soups, salads, rice, dal and lots of fruits. Also juices and water are very high on my intake list. In fact, water is a must for everyone, at least ten glasses a day. I often overshoot that, but it does wonders to your skin. But I often indulge my tastebuds over weekends and they are reserved for binging on chocolates, cakes and tandooris.Priyanka Chopra’s fitness mantra – Times of India
She told Elle years later that she doesn’t have a diet and tends to “wing it by the seat of my pants.” If she feels like she’s put on some weight, then she’ll start eating more salad, protein, and soup. On the flip side, if she’s feeling like she’s in great shape, then she’ll indulge in cheeseburgers and pizza.
At around 6.30-7pm, Chopra will have a break for dinner (”Vietnamese chicken with zucchini noodles, Lebanese food, Greek, Thai”), before heading back to work for a few more meetings until 9pm, at which point she’ll finish up her day and start her nighttime routine.
I need to spend some time on my face before bed — I do my nightly routine, take off makeup, moisturize. I try to time myself to get about seven to eight hours of sleep a night, because that’s when I function the best. When I see that I’m [about to hit my time limit] that’s when I go to bed, usually by 11:30 p.m. or midnight.How Priyanka Chopra Jonas Gets It Done | The Cut
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