The actress beds down at the Corinthia, clears her head in Holland Park and gets lost in the pages of her book collection
LA and Mumbai. I live with
my husband [Nick Jonas]. At the moment, however, I’m living in west London, filming until November.
Where do you like to stay when you’re in London?
The Corinthia. I’ve stayed there many times, it’s super central to everything and the rooms are great.
If you could buy any building and live there, which would it be?
When I won Miss World in 2000 I moved to Grosvenor House and it was my first time living in a fancy penthouse. I’d like to buy that building just so I could come full circle.
Where do you go to let
your hair down?
My version of letting my
hair down is usually
finding peace and quiet.
I love to go to Holland Park
to clear my head.
Best meal you’ve had?
Nobu, with my husband and family last year when [the Jonas Brothers] were on tour here and they had performed at the O2. I love the miso cod and the sashimi.
What is your biggest extravagance?
Homes, probably — I’m not someone who spends on little things. I’m not a jewellery or watch type of person. I like buying a nice car or a beautiful home. I’m more of a big-picture investor. At the moment my favourite home is in LA; we just got it last year. We moved in during quarantine. It’s everything that my dreams are made of.
What podcasts are you currently obsessed with?
I always love Crime Junkie, it’s something I always go back to. I also like Michelle Obama’s podcast — it’s amazing because she’s such a boss, listening to her really wakes you up and motivates you.
What do you collect?
Books — I love finding old first editions. Now that I have my proper house and I’m not living out of hotels I’m starting to build my library again. I like many different genres: I love the classics, non-fiction, fiction. I love pop-culture books, I’m always down for a murder mystery. I consume books the same way I consume movies, which is dependent on my mood.
Where are your favourite London beauty spots?
The spa at the Corinthia is fantastic. But this time around [in London] I haven’t been able to go anywhere. The Ned is also amazing, the spa feels like its own space.
What is the most important thing you’ve learnt during the lockdowns?
I’ve thought about this a lot and realised that we’re resilient. In spite of the fact we’re all stuck at home, we’re still getting our work done. When the last pandemic happened 100 years ago they didn’t have Netflix or Amazon or Zoom or anything — we should be really grateful that we live in the age of information, we have the ability to be resilient. It has affected so many people but I feel a sense of gratitude.
‘Unfinished’, a memoir by Priyanka Chopra, is out now