“Quantico” star Priyanka Chopra has lent her voice to a life-size robotic elephant Ellie to educate school children about elephants and captivity. The star has teamed up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for the cause.
The walking and talking 6.5-foot-tall elephant will go on a school tour across the U.S., Europe and even India, Chopra’s native land. PETA has launched the campaign to make school students aware of elephants and captivity, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The animal rights organization is taking Ellie on the road for a school tour that will take her all over the U.S., Europe and India. Thanks to voiceover from the ABC star, Ellie “speaks” to students and shares her story, detailing a separation from her mother, physical punishment endured in the circus and, finally, a happy life at a sanctuary after being rescued.
“Ellie and I are teaching kids that elephants belong in the wild with their families, and that they suffer greatly in captivity, in which they’re kept chained, forced to learn tricks, and deprived of all the things that make them happy, like family and freedom,” said Chopra. She added that the elephants were “magnificent creatures needed the help and protection of humans."
The 33-year-old actress currently stars in ABC thriller series “Quantico,” where she plays a new FBI recruit Alex Parrish. The robotic elephant Ellie will speak to students and share her story via Chopra’s voice. She will tell her story about separation from her mother and punishment endured in the circus. But, finally she gets back to a happy life at a sanctuary after being rescued.
She has already visited Ellie has already visited 3,000 elementary school students. The organization has been working on behalf of elephants, documenting alleged abuse in circuses and other forms of captivity, the PETA website said.
The “Quantico” star took to Twitter and shared her happiness with her followers.
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) November 3, 2015
Meanwhile, the Bollywood star has made it to the final nomination in the Favorite Actress in a New TV Series category of People’s Choice Awards 2016. She will be competing with big names in Hollywood like Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Marcia Gay Harden and Lia Michele. “Quantico” has also got a nomination in the Favorite New TV Drama category.