- Priyanka Chopra Jonas spoke to Insider about her role in the upcoming Netflix family movie "We Can Be Heroes," which is a standalone sequel to "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3D."
- The actress said that she revisited childhood movies like "Matilda" and channeled those antagonists in preparation for her villainous role in the film.
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Priyanka Chopra Jonas drew inspiration from another familiar villainous character for her role in the upcoming Netflix movie "We Can Be Heroes."
"I kind of play the kids' nemesis, and I really enjoyed that" the actress, who's promoting her partnership as a creative advisor for the spiked seltzer brand BON V!V, told Insider.
Chopra Jonas will be starring as Ms. Granada in Robert Rodriguez's film, which is set for release on Friday, December 25. The movie is also a stand-alone sequel to the 2005 children's movie "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3D" and will feature the return of star Taylor Dooley as Lavagirl.
"I went back into my childhood when I watched 'Matilda' and all of those movies and I was sort of channeling that," Chopra Jonas said of her preparation for the part.
The actress was likely referring to the "Matilda" antagonist named Agatha Trunchbull (played by Pam Ferris), who terrorized the titular character, and other children, at the Crunchem Hall Primary School in the classic 1996 movie.
"I'm very excited about this movie," she added. "So far, the kids in my life have really enjoyed it, so I'm hoping that everyone else will as well."
Chopra Jonas went on to say that her favorite New Year's Day tradition is sitting on the couch and watching "a big movie," and hopes that "We Can Be Heroes" will be a "really fun option" for families this season.
The actress also has another movie set for release on Netflix on January 22, titled "The White Tiger," that she's eager for fans to see.
"It's a drama and a movie that's sure to make people feel uncomfortable, but yet informed," she said of the film, which is based on a book adaptation.
Heading into the new year, Chopra Jonas said that there are lots more forthcoming projects to look forward to.
"I have to say that creatively for me, I've been able to get a lot done," she told us. "I finished writing my memoir ["Unfinished," set for release on February 9]. I developed a lot of TV and film projects, some of which, I'll be announcing soon."
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