Priyanka Chopra has carved a name for herself in Hollywood. Apart from her television show, Quantico, she has also acted in the 2017 film Baywatch, and has a few other films in the pipeline.
And just like many actors, she has faced her fair share of injustices. The actress had earlier revealed how she had faced racism in her school days in the US. She said that she had been called a "brownie".
"When I went to school in America, there were a lot of stereotypes attached to Indian people. I was bullied a lot. I witnessed a lot of racism and that's exactly why I came back to India. I was 16 years old," Priyanka had said.
In a recent interview to an international magazine, when asked about her journey in Hollywood and the equal pay for women or for people of all ethnicities, she recalled an incident from last year.
"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 use?- 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?... 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.
Priyanka also spoke about the burning question of pay gap between genders, and how the debate is approached in Bollywood and Hollywood. "In America, we don't talk about it as brashly, whereas in India the issue is not skirted around. I've been told straight up, if it's a female role in a movie with big, male actors attached, your worth is not really considered as much," she said.
However, she did add that producers still do whatever they want.
Coming from a home where women had a strong voice, Priyanka found it difficult to adjust to the 'big bad world of entertainment'.
"I grew up in an environment where a woman led the household... He was man enough to say, 'Listen, my wife does this way better than me.' And nobody even questioned it. So when I came out into the big, bad world of entertainment, I was like, 'Oh, well the world's different from my house!" said Priyanka.