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Priyanka Chopra is one of the most famous stars in Hollywood from India. She has made her name in the Hollywood industry with ABC drama thriller series Quantico, becoming the first South Asian Woman in the lead role of American network series. She was last seen in the movie Baywatch co-starring Dwane Johnson.
In a recent interview with Instyle, Priyanka Chopra talks about her struggles in Hollywood and how she missed out for a movie project last year because of her skin color.
“It happened last year,” Chopra told Entertainment Weekly. “I was out for a movie, and somebody (from the studio) called one of my agents and said, ‘She’s wrong—what word did they use? ‘physicality.’ So in my defense 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?” Unfortunately, the disheartening reality of the matter quickly became clear 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.”
Chopra continued, “I’m a producer, so I understand how much of an asset, as an actor, I would be on a project,” she said. “I don’t negotiate—I make my (agent) negotiate. That’s step one. But I think negotiating is important. I’m not someone who is demanding. I’m conversational. So when I talk money, I’m not going to be asking for ridiculous amounts that I might not be able to bring back. It starts with me being logical and saying, ‘I deserve that much in remuneration. These are the returns that I see myself bringing to the table.’ And, usually, most people come around when you place it like that.”
The talented actress knows that how difficult it would be to change things and it would take years to change the perception among viewers. Pee Cee said “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. Specifically how men can help is changing the ‘locker-room talk’ conversation. Nothing will change until we break the stereotypes of gender in our normal, day-to-day life.”
Further, she added, “It’s all a big, dirty muddle of muck which we are here to clean. It’s going to take years, but we’re doing it. Our voices are louder. We’re standing by each other despite the fact that only a few women will eventually get the job. And I’m hoping that through the fight, it’s going to change for the next generation. I hope I’m a part of that revolution.”
For sure this incident won't stop her and she will contribute to the Hollywood industry with her upcoming roles. On the work front, Priyanka Chopra's new season of Quantico season will air on April 26 on ABC. She will also be seen in 'A Kid Like Jake' and 'Isn't It Romantic' in supporting roles. For time being she has not finalized any Bollywood project yet.
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