When Priyanka Chopra Lost A Hollywood Film Because ‘They Wanted Someone Who’s Not Brown’
Priyanka Chopra is a boss lady when it comes to her career choices – there’s no two way of saying it. So, when she says she was rejected for a project in Hollywood for her skin colour, it’s completely okay to be at a loss for words. In an interview with InStyle Magazine, the 35-year-old actress, who headlines American TV show Quantico, said she lost a role in Hollywood simply for being “brown” and her agent was intimated about the rejection in ‘very polite’ terms, we must say – Priyanka was considered unsuitable for the role owing to her “wrong physicality.” Speaking to InStyle, Priyanka said: “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’.”
Priyanka said her immediate reaction was to figure out what exactly was the reason behind her not getting the part, which was soon enough simplified by her agent. “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,” InStyle quoted Priyanka as saying. In her interview, Priyanka also mentioned that an inevitable part of being a successful star in the showbiz industries (back home and in the West) is an ongoing battle with pay disparity, especially if it’s Hollywood and “she’s a woman of color”. “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,” InStyle quoted Priyanka as saying.