Priyanka Chopra Talks About Working With Male Actors Who Have “Diva Moments”
Priyanka Chopra, who has been speaking out on various issues concerning Bollywood recently, has opened up about working with male co-stars who have “diva moments” on set. The actress made the statement in a new interview with The Zoe Report, where she was discussing her experience on the sets of Love Again.
What Priyanka Said
“It’s so good to work with actors that come in, know their lines, and are not divas. Oh, yeah. I can’t tell you who. But I’ve had co-stars that stopped filming for three hours because they need stuff explained [to them] on a production day — not the night before — while the crew is standing around. Or have diva moments or arrive hours late while everyone’s waiting around. I’ve had that happen with a lot of male actors my whole life.”
Priyanka also shared an unsettling incident that happened to her early on in her career. While shooting for a Bollywood movie in 2002-03, a director asked her to take off her clothes, insisting on seeing her underwear in a scene. Feeling dehumanized, Priyanka promptly walked out of the project.
“I wanted to layer up. The filmmaker was like, ‘No, I need to see her underwear. Otherwise, why is anybody coming to watch this movie?’ It was such a dehumanizing moment. It was a feeling of, ‘I’m nothing else outside of how I can be used, my art is not important, what I contribute is not important… I just couldn’t look at him every day.”
Priyanka has been vocal about her negative experiences in the film industry, revealing that she felt “pushed into a corner” in Bollywood, which prompted her move to Hollywood. She will be making her Bollywood comeback with Jee Le Zaraa, co-starring Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif.
Priyanka Chopra’s recent revelations highlight the issues of gender disparity and bullying in the entertainment industry. As a successful actress and producer, she is using her platform to raise awareness and promote change. Let’s hope her voice inspires others to come forward and share their stories.