The Indian actress speaks out about the racism and sexism in Hollywood.
Weeks before her best friend (and fellow feminist) Meghan Markle’s wedding, Indian actress Priyanka Chopra has revealed she has faced explicit racism in her move to Hollywood.
The South Asian star was already a hit in Hindi Bollywood films before she made her way across the big pond to break Hollywood too.
In a new InStyle interview, she has revealed how the two movie businesses, continents apart, share problems with sexism and racism.
Since Jennifer Lawrence spoke about the pay disparity for the film American Hustle back in 2015, actresses have become infinitely more vocal about both the gender pay disparity in Hollywood, but the racial disparity too. Case-in-point: Octavia Spencer recently told the world of how Jessica Chastain – after learning of Spencer’s pay disparity – went into negotiations with her future co-star to ensure equal pay.
Now Chopra, who has been vocal about her feminist beliefs, has spoken out about how both India and America have terrible gender pay disparity.
She told the magazine:
‘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, 8 bucks. The gap is that staggering,’
However, Chopra claims the only difference is how Hollywood ‘sugarcoats discrimination.
She says, ‘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.’