Priyanka Chopra appeared in an interview with UK’s Mirror Online and got candid about how she managed to stay away from stereotypical roles in Hollywood.
The 39-year-old shared, “I demanded to play roles that were not specific boxes that I usually saw South Asian characters being put into. I insisted on roles with something to say.”
She went on to say, “I think I really knocked down the door and demanded for it to shift. But I was working at a time when a lot of other people were calling for inclusivity and diversity, so being among a pack of loud voices really helped me.”
Chopra added, “It wasn’t the easiest. I had to play more ethnically ambiguous parts, initially. After a few years, when people were like, ‘OK, she’s not that different’ [laughs], then I could demand roles where my ethnicity popped. That’s what it took to get a seat at the table.”