Priyanka Chopra is having quite a year. Not only did she capture the world with her recent courtship with and marriage to Nick Jonas, but she’s also at the peak of her acting career. However, in a surprising pivot, the actress recently announced the release of a new YouTube show called If I Could Tell You Just One Thing, inspired by Richard Reed’s book of the same name. The format is simple. She sits down with a celebrity, and asks them to tell her “just one thing” – and the results are astonishing.
As the host, Chopra is both delightful and highly engaging, but so are the subjects she tapped for her inaugural episode: Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, comedian/rapper-turned-actress Awkwafina, and fashion icon/designer Diane von Furstenberg. The intimate conversations in If I Could Tell You Just One Thing will inspire you and make you think. It might just be one episode deep, but we are already eagerly anticipating the next one.
Here are five reasons to give Priyanka Chopra’s If I Could Tell You Just One Thing a chance.
It's refreshingly unfiltered.
The best aspect of this show is its raw, unfiltered nature. Instead of inviting celebrities who are promoting a project or an agenda – or using pre-prepared interview questions for that matter – Chopra centers her entire premise on the concept of finding out just one thing about each subject, i.e. the moment, the advice, or the thought that shaped and transformed their entire lives.
It’s so refreshing to watch a show where nothing is being pushed on you as the audience. Instead, it grants access to the inner sanctum of some of the most inspiring women in the world. There’s no product placement and no project mentions, just genuine conversations and the chance to discover something new, unique, and inspiring about Chopra’s chosen subjects.
Chopra doesn’t hold back in the first episode. Instead, she asks Olympic gymnast Simone Biles about the experiences of abuse she suffered at the hands of Dr. Larry Nassar. Chopra creates a safe space for Biles to be real – and really vulnerable – about the lasting trauma she has dealt with in the aftermath of the abuse and the scandal that rocked the gymnastics world after Nassar’s vile, predatory behavior was exposed.
Our hearts shattered when Biles confessed to Chopra, “I [slept] all the time because it was the closest thing to death.” What’s more is that Chopra isn’t exploiting the moment for a viral sound bite, but instead, is tender and thoughtful when dealing with sensitive issues.
With their personal trainers, makeup artists, stylists, publicists, extensive support systems, and massive fan bases, celebrities seem to live on another plane of existence from the rest of us humble humans. However, Chopra’s show quickly deflates that notion, showing celebrities in real, relatable conversations. For example, when she talked to Akwafina about her newfound fame after the dual success of Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians, the rapper-turned-actress confesses, “When you think about going through such an immense change in your life, you think everything is going to change, but the truth is that you’re the same person, just going through different things.”
Even Diane von Furstenberg of wrap-dress fame confesses, “You don’t always feel on top of the game… Sometimes the world thinks you’re at the peak, and you know you’re not.” It’s actually really relatable to hear that the women we perceive as “having it all” can experience self-doubt and hardships – just like the rest of us.
It's not pushy.
If I Could Tell You Just One Thing is remarkable for the compassion it brings to the celebrity conversation. While most interviews tend to feel exploitative, Chopra is essentially one of them, allowing equally famous women to let their guard down and divulge their innermost thoughts. What’s more is that she is a genuinely good interviewer and compassionate human, so she meets her subjects where they are, extending warmth and empathy while they talk about difficult topics.
Perhaps it’s the great selection of subjects, but this show is particularly inspiring for the content and quotes it yields. Biles gives us the confidence to speak truth to power, Awkwafina gives us the confidence to be ourselves, and von Fursternberg gives us the confidence to own our narrative. Take DVF’s amazing statement: “I’ve never met a woman who’s not strong. They don’t exist.”
Already, we feel ourselves sitting up a little straighter, allowing those powerful words to penetrate our psyche. Her advice to Chopra was especially inspiring: “The most important relationship you have in your life is the one you have with yourself. Period.”