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”.
Priyanka Chopra knows how it feels to be disqualified because of skin colour. The Baywatch actress revealed in a new interview with In Style that she lost out on a movie role last year because of the colour of her skin. It happened last year,” she told the magazine. “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’, Chopra recalled.
“No one will say that a woman is getting paid less because she’s a woman of colour, but the numbers mostly end up reflecting that,” Priyanka share
Initially thinking it was something about her frame, Chopra wondered if she needed to lose weight. She added: “No one will say that a woman is getting paid less because she’s a woman of colour, but the numbers mostly end up reflecting that.” Although Chopra is now the leading lady of ABC drama Quantico, her success hasn’t come without trials, including bullying and sexism.
The 35-year-old actress’ first experience in the United States came when she was just a teen. After falling in love with America during a family vacation, she came to live with her aunt and uncle and attended high school in Queens, New York, and later Newton, Massachusetts.
“When I went to school here, I didn’t see anyone who looked like me,” the India native told PEOPLE in 2016. Her different culture made her a target for bullies. “I was called ‘Brownie’ and told, ‘Take your curry and go back to your country.’ It was hard. I wanted to go home, and I did.
Back in India, her mom Madhu, a doctor, submitted her pictures to the Miss India pageant. “I won and then I won the U.K.’s Miss World pageant,” Chopra said. “So it was a good thing I went back.”
Her gorgeous looks and pageant success made her a shoe-in for a Bollywood leading lady, and now, she’s the first ever South Asian woman to headline an American network drama.
“I believe in myself and my art so much,” said Chopra, who, aside from Quantico, has 50 Hindi films under her belt. “I’ve always trusted destiny. Wherever it takes me I just work damn hard at the opportunity.”