Priyanka Chopra says she was told to leave a film set after bringing up equal pay

Daniella Scott
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Photo credit: Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Priyanka Chopra has spoken out about a time when she was asked to leave a film set after bringing up the issue of equal pay, saying that it was hearing conversations from other women in the industry that gave her the confidence the stand up for herself.

During an upcoming interview with the Skimm'd from the Couch podcast, she spoke about the incident saying that after bringing up the issue of her pay in comparison to those of her male costars a film exec on the set told her she could "take the paycheque, which was nominal" compared to the men in the cast, or she could simply leave.

Producers the told her "There’s so many other girls who will take this opportunity. And, you know, women in movies are interchangeable," she told the podcast.

"I didn’t do anything about it," she added. "I had to work within the system because that's what we're told, that, 'You know, if you want this job… this is the only way'."

It took almost 15 years for me to get to that place where, you know, I could stand my ground," she continued. "It took hearing the conversations from other women banding together to give me the confidence to stand up for myself."

Recently Priyanka starred in Netflix's new film The White Tiger, based on the Man Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name by Aravind Adiga. The film, which landed on the streamer a few weeks ago, was praised by both viewers and critics for its dark humour and fearlessness.

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