PeeCee passed over for a role because of her skin colour

Friday 13th April 2018 07:19 EDT

'Baywatch' actress Priyanka Chopra reflected on bias in Hollywood by sharing an incident when she didn't get a part in a movie because of the colour of her skin. Speaking to a magazine fur Equal Pay Day, to discuss gender wage gap, Chopra said, “No one will say that a woman is getting paid less because she's a woman of colour, but the numbers mostly end up reflecting that.” She then said she thinks she was passed over for a role because of the colour of her skin.

“It happened last year. I was out for a movie, and somebody called one of my agents and said, 'She's the wrong'... what word did they use?... 'physicality'.” Priyanka added, “So in my defense as an actor, I am like 'Do I need to be skinner? Do I need to get in shape? Do I need to have abs? Like, what does 'wrong physicality' mean? And then my agent broke it down for me. Like, 'I think, Priy, they meant that they wanted someone who's not brown.'” The actress said, “It affected me.”

PeeCee had, last year, spoken about her experiences growing up. “(My skin) is as complicated as I am. When I was growing up, I didn't see anyone on TV who looked like,” she said. “Everyone in America wants to get a tan, and everyone in Asia wants to get their skin lightened. I straddle both countries. Girls there are told that they're too dark or dusky and that lighter skin is better. Because I'm a darker tone, I had issues growing up as a teenager.”

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