Two kickass women are about to hit fall TV. Both ABC’s Quantico and NBC’s Blindspot are putting heroines front and center, and coincidentally, the lead actresses of both shows — Priyanka Chopra for the former, Jaimie Alexander for the latter — have likened their characters to one action movie hero: Jason Bourne.
In July, Alexander told EW her character is essentially “a female Jason Bourne.” In August, Chopra told EW the same. Sure, Matt Damon’s Bourne may have just popped up into both their minds when they were trying to think of a male counterpart for their new roles, but their characters do share traits with him.
Chopra, on Quantico, plays FBI-recruit-turned-possible-terrorist Alex Parrish, while Alexander, on Blindspot, plays Jane Doe, an amnesiac who discovers she can take down bad guys and speak a rare Chinese dialect, among other skills. Jane’s origin story may sound closer to Bourne’s — he woke up without a memory and with a particular set of skills, too — but Alex’s on-the-run story arc mirrors Bourne’s battle against his former bosses. And besides, Alex and Jane are just as resourceful as Bourne, just as smart, and just as deadly.
So, when Chopra mentioned the similarity between her Quantico character and Bourne, EW asked what she thought about the comparison also being used for another new female character debuting on fall TV. The actress was immediately enthusiastic about having a fellow “female Jason Bourne” hitting the small screen.
“We should do an episode together!” Chopra said, pretending to punch an opponent. “Then we’ll find out who’s more badass.”
Still, she added that it’s not a competition between to the two to see who’s more like Jason Bourne — it’s more important that these roles for women are cropping up on TV. “What is cool is seeing in global pop culture [that] it’s time for female power,” she explained. “It’s a great time to see really kickass female characters, and I’m just so happy to be in that phase. But femininity is my favorite part of Alex — she may be a leather-jacket, boots-wearing, ripped-jeans kind of girl, but her eyebrows are always on point.”
Alex’s memory may be the key difference between their characters for now, but if the two were to meet, it would lead to a one-of-a-kind crossover event for both series. Now, if only ABC and NBC could work something out …
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Quantico premieres Sunday, Sept. 27, at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. Blindspot premieres Monday, Sept. 21, at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.