Priyanka Chopra Was Told To Leave Film Set When She Asked For Equal Pay

The 'Quantico' star was told by a producer to accept the paycheck or take a hike because there were "so many other girls" to replace her.

Priyanka Chopra was told to leave a film set when she asked for equal pay.

The White Tiger star once requested to be paid the same as her male co-stars in the same movie, but was told off by the producer instead. 

Speaking on the Skimm’d from The Couch podcast, Priyanka shared what the producer told her then. She said: "They said to take the paycheque which was nominal compared [to her male co-stars]... There’s so many other girls who will take this opportunity. And, you know, women in movies are interchangeable."

She decided to stay on the shoot. “I didn’t do anything about it,” she said. “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.'”

Priyanka admitted it took a long time for her to be able to stand up for herself.

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

Meanwhile, the 38-year-old star previously insisted her acting career was a "fluke".

She said: "I didn’t know I could be an actor. I didn’t know that was a professional choice that could be made. I come from a very academic family. My parents are both physicians so I was expected to go into academics. I was smart. I wanted to be an engineer ...

"Then the entertainment business sort of happened to me by fluke. I was part of a beauty pageant and I won Miss World in 2000 and I started getting movie offers back in India. I didn’t know what it was all about so my acting school was on set. I learned everything that I did by being thrown into the deep end and I suddenly realised that I was really good at it." 

Priyanka's memoir Unfinished is now in stores. — BANG

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