Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra explains why she missed seeing Kate in India

Alexandra Hurtado

From one influential woman to another! Priyanka Chopra might be one of TIME's 100 Most Influential honourees this year, but as it turns out she is easily taken by another powerful individual – the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton.

"I love Kate," the Quantico star told HELLO! on Tuesday at the TIME 100 Gala in New York City. "I think she is so great and she's so graceful."

Prince William and Kate recently visited the TV star's native India, where they mingled with well-known Bollywood names at a glittering reception. However, sadly for Priyanka, she missed out on her invitation to meet the royal couple because of work.

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"I love Kate," said Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra

"I was shooting my show in Montréal at that time and Baywatch in Miami," the 33-year-old admitted, though she is hopeful for a royal encounter in the future.

Priyanka added: "I'm sure there will be an opportunity where my path will cross with them."

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The royals attended a glittering gala in Mumbai earlier this month

While she was unable to hang out with William and Kate, the Baywatch star has been in good company with her hunky co-stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and newly-single Zac Efron while filming the upcoming movie.

"The boys are amazing," she said. "They're just super funny. I'm having such a great time with them. They've become such nice friends."

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Not only have the leading men's looks made an impression on Priyanka, but she has also taken note of their eating habits.

"I'm just surprised that they look the way they do and they eat the way they do, you know?" she revealed. "I never thought that could happen, but they're eaters. They love their food."