“It happened last year,” she tells the magazine. “I was out for a movie, and somebody [from the studio] called one of my agents and said, ‘She’s the wrong’—what word did they used?—’physicality.'”
She continues, “So in my defense as an actor, I’m like, ‘Do I need to be skinnier? Do I need to get in shape? Do I need to have abs?’ Like, what does ‘wrong physicality’ mean?”
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The actress also talks to the magazine about the fight for equal pay.
“No one will say that a woman is getting paid less because she’s a woman of color, but the numbers mostly end up reflecting that,” Chopra says.
And, talking about Hollywood specifically, Chopra shares, “It happens at the casting level. There are not enough meaty, strong lead roles for women where we don’t have to compromise on every level just to get the best job.”
The first step to closing the pay gap is to first recognize that it exists, Chopra says, adding that the audience can help be a part of the solution.