Pay gap

Priyanka Chopra speaks out about being short-changed because of her gender — and skin color

Priyanka Chopra (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

Indian actress and former Miss World winner Priyanka Chopra says that both Hollywood and Bollywood pay women significantly less than men for movie roles — the main difference, she explains, is that Hollywood producers are less open about what they’re doing.

“I feel it every year, especially when you’re doing movies with really big actors, whether it’s in India or America. If an actor is getting 100 bucks, the conversation will start with max, like, eight bucks. The gap is that staggering,” Chopra told Romy Oltuski in an interview for InStyle. “In America, we don’t talk about it as brashly, whereas in India the issue is not skirted around. I’ve been told straight up, if it’s a female role in a movie with big, male actors attached, your worth is not really considered as much.”

The 35-year-old star of hit ABC series Quantico added that women of color face added barriers in Hollywood — and recalled an instance where she was told by her agent that producers had turned her down because “they wanted someone who’s not brown.”

“It affected me,” she said. “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.”

Read the full story at InStyle.

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