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Priyanka Chopra refuses to "stand behind the guy" when choosing film roles

Priyanka Chopra believes talent is talent no matter what gender you are.

Priyanka Chopra is adamant she won't settle for film roles that require her to stand in the background of the male lead.

Speaking at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the Baywatch actress opened up about gender roles in Hollywood and praised the festival for "doing their bit to help females in entertainment."

"We're so far behind, I mean we just had Wonder Woman, which is our first big major female superhero movie directed by a female," she told editors at U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight.

"We've just had one director that's ever won an Academy Award who is female ever in the history of entertainment. I mean, come on!" she exclaimed in disbelief.

She revealed that she believed that you're "good" no matter what gender you are and that people need to keep saying it.

The 35-year-old also revealed she would not settle for a role and refused to "stand behind the guy".

"I'm digging my feet in and not gonna settle ever," she said passionately.

"Because it's gonna take people like me, like a lot of other women out there, to make it easier for the next generation where they don't have to feel like, 'Oh, there are not parts written for us. We always have to stand behind the guy.' (We have to) create parts for ourselves because nobody else is gonna do it."

The Quantico star recently revealed how in her early career she took on roles due to her insecurites. She told Vogue India that she had even starred in an advertisement for skin-lightening cream early in her acting - a decision she now regrets.

"I did a commercial for a skin-lightening cream. I was playing that girl with insecurities. And when I saw it, I was like, 'Oh s**t. What did I do?'"

Priyanka has since made a conscious effort to promote body acceptance after starring in the ill-conceived ad.

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