India's international icon Priyanka Chopra who is also the first South-Asian celebrity to star in an American prime-time TV show for ABC’s Quantico has revealed that she was turned down for a role by Hollywood film producers as they were not in the favour of a girl as brown as PeeCee. Talking to an Entertainment Weekly, Chopra revealed;
It happened last year, 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 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?Unfortunately, the scene got cleared in a matter of hours;
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.
I’m a producer, so I understand how much of an asset, as an actor, I would be on a project. 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.In the end, the ace actor has shared her thoughts on the gender bias that engulfs Bollywood and Hollywood, the actress stated;
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.