Priyanka Chopra is at the top of her game if we talk about the number of Hollywood and Bollywood projects she has worked in and is working on these days. on one hand, the actress has worked in many significant films and is now a popular face in American entertainment industry as well, on the other hand, Priyanka was once denied a role not because of her acting skills, but because of her physical appearance.
The Quantico actress recently opened up on gender wage gap in the industry and why women deserve equal pay; and also how she was once denied a role on the basis of her skin color.
Speaking to InStyle magazine, Priyanka revealed that there was an incident when she was not offered a role, just because of her looks. She stated:
“I was out for a movie, and somebody [from the studio] called one of my agents and said, ‘She’s the wrong—what word did they used?—’physicality’. So in my defence as an actor, I’m like, ‘Do I need to be skinnier? Do I need to get in shape? Do I need to have abs?’ Like, what does ‘wrong physicality’ mean?”
She further mentioned that her agent later explained everything to her. “And then my agent broke it down for me. Like, ‘I think, Priy, they meant that they wanted someone who’s not brown.’ It affected me,” she said. Chopra, however, didn’t reveal the name of the project.
“No one will say that a woman is getting paid less because she’s a woman of color, but the numbers mostly end up reflecting that,” she added.
She further said:
“I feel it every year, especially when you’re doing movies with really big actors, whether it’s in India or America. If an actor is getting 100 bucks, the conversation will start with max, like, 8 bucks. The gap is that staggering. I want to see the day where female-led movies get as much of a run as the boys do, which means the ticket-buying audience needs to be open to that. People don’t go watch females in movies because they don’t believe that they can be heroes. The world has to change the way they look at their heroes.”
Chopra concluded on the note that she is fighting for equal wages for women, and she is also standing with other women who are a part of the movement.