- 'She's the wrong physicality,' Priyanka's agent was told
- "Do I need to be skinnier?" Priyanka said she thought
- "It affected me," she added
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.
Earlier in 2016, when Priyanka was shooting for the second season of Quantico, the actress reportedly had a brush with racism at an US airport. "Priyanka said that whoever goes to Hollywood after her should be careful about the kind of roles they do," DNA quoted a source as saying. Priyanka was reportedly questioned for sitting in the first class lounge at an US airport and was later apologised to.
Priyanka Chopra is currently in Ireland, busy shooting for Quantico 3, which premieres on April 26. Last year's Baywatch was her Hollywood debut and she has two more Hollywood films in the pipeline - Isn't It Romantic? and A Kid Like Jake. Priyanka Chopra is yet to announce her next Bollywood project.