The 38-year-old actress Priyanka Chopra recently decided to share the story of how she was once told to leave a film set when she asked for equal pay with her male co-star.
The White Tiger star explained that she was told to ‘take the paycheque, which was nominal’ after she complained about uneqal pay earlier. She said that she was forced to work with the system because ‘so many other girls’ would have taken the opportunity in her place.
Priyanka admitted it took a long time for her to be able to stand up for herself in the film industry, adding: ‘It took almost 15 years for me to get to that place where, you know, I could stand my ground.’
Priyanka told Skimm’d from The Couch that she was told by a producer to take the paycheque, as there are so many other girls that would take this opportunity. So, she didn’t do anything about it, and she had to work within the system because that’s what we’re told.
She finally got the confidence to stand up for herself after she heard conversations from other women banding together.
The actress told that she was the first South Asian woman to land the lead in an American TV show.
She explained that the concept of having a brown leading lady or man in mainstream entertainment wasn’t something people understood. Her latest project named The White Tiger is based on the novel of the same name and it has an all-Indian cast. She hopes that this project will help to ‘shift the narrative’ and see more equality in mainstream cinema.