Priyanka Chopra Lost Movie Role Because Of Skin Color
Priyanka Chopra lost a role for being ‘too ethnic’ and she’s not standing for it
'Priyanka, I don't know how to say that in 2019.'
The question of how to solve Hollywood’s diversity problem (namely, the lack of it) is one that keeps cropping up again and again, especially when it comes to casting women of colour. There’s been a lot of talk of change, however things are moving incredibly slowly and people like actress Priyanka Chopra are ‘digging their feet in’ to help drive it forwards.
TheQuanticoactress was recently at Toronto International Film Festival, where she spoke candidly about her experience as an Indian woman in Hollywood.
Vulture,who were there, reported that she revealed, ‘I was asked not to be a part of a movie because I was too ethnic.’
She continued, ‘First of all, everyone has an ethnicity. Even Caucasian is an ethnicity. But I was ‘too ethnic’ for the part and it was a mainstream American part. And I remember my agent being – he didn’t know how to tell me that. He was really skirting the issue and I said to him, ‘Just tell me.’ And he said, ‘Priyanka, I don’t know how to say that in 2019,’ that this was actually a reason! They could have at least made up a reason!’
However, Priyanka refused to take that lying down.
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