Despite her growing fame in Hollywood, Priyanka Chopra is determined to let the world know that actresses like her are still treated unfairly.
I was rejected many times. I cried. I was told that female actors are replaceable in films because they just stand behind a guy anyway, the 34-year-old told Glamour Magazine for their June 2017 issue on getting paid less than men.
Im still used to being paid like most actresses around the world a lot less than the boys. Were told were too provocative or that being sexy is our strength, which it can be, and it is, but thats not the only thing we have, she added.
The publications cover girl also revealed how some people still have a hard time understanding what it means to be Indian American, especially in pop culture.
I dont think a lot of people understand what Indians are, explained the Quantico star. And thats our fault, a little. We tend to forget our roots a bit. As kids [we think], if Im too Indian, Ill be put in a box and people will think of me as different. Theyll think Im weird, because I eat Indian food or my name is difficult to pronounce Youre scared of those things. Were afraid of letting people see the glory of who we are.
These days, Chopa is gearing up to star in Baywatch, a film reboot based on the 90s hit lifeguard series. Not only is original star David Hasselhoff appearing in the movie, but Chopra is playing the villain.
I take over the beach. I open up a club. Im this big shot billionaire chick who plays hardball in a mans world.
Theres this amazing line in the [script]: Zac [Efron] says, Youre such a b---h! And Im like, If I were a man, youd call me driven. Victoria goes into an evil territory; not every driven womans evil, added Chopra. [But] ambition is a word associated with women negatively. People say, Shes too ambitious. Why is that a bad thing?
The June issue of Glamour hits newsstands on May 9th.