Priyanka Chopra Perfectly Sums Up Why Women Need To Support Other Women In Hollywood

"Girl love is such an important part of what we need to do for each other ..."

When it comes to being a woman in Hollywood — or pretty much any other industry — it's important to lift each other up. This is something actress Priyanka Chopra believes in wholeheartedly and spoke about at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.



"I think it's a very important ... for women to be able to come out of the shadow of being second-class citizens and actually being taken seriously. We need to look out for each other," Chopra told CBC News. "Girl love is such an important part of what we need to do for each other, whatever the field may be."

Chopra — who stars on ABC's Quantico — was the guest of honor at this year's TIFF Soirée, a fundraising event kicking off the festival with proceeds going to Share Her Journey. This initiative is a five-year "commitment to increasing participation, skills, and opportunities for women behind and in front of the camera." TIFF will "prioritize gender parity with a focus on mentorship, skills development, media literacy, and activity for young people."

The 35-year-old said "it's not easy" and "you've got to pull your socks up for a fight" in regards to being a woman in the entertainment industry. Chopra noted that it's rare for women to get a big opportunity in Hollywood — pointing to Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins as a prime example — and saying we have to "dig our heels in and say we're not going to stand for it anymore" because "no one's going to hand it out to you." Chopra is right, given that there is still much work to be done to see equality for women in Hollywood — as well as other industries — in relation to equal pay, better roles, and more opportunities, among other topics.

To combat this, Chopra and mom Madhu Chopra are producing Pahuna, a film from first-time female director Paakhi A. Tyrewala, which just had its debut at TIFF. Per IMDb, Pahuna is the story of three children facing extraordinary circumstances with the emotion transcending barriers of language and geography.

"The film I'm producing that's premiering at TIFF is by a female filmmaker, and my mom, who is my business partner, is helping me produce it," Chopra continued. "It's really important for us to pat each other on the back and say, 'You know what? You can do it. And I'll help you do it.'"

Check out the full interview with Chopra here:

(H/T: BuzzFeed)

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