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Priyanka Chopra says she is finally getting paid the same as her male costar for the first time in 23 years

Ayomikun Adekaiyero   

Priyanka Chopra says she is finally getting paid the same as her male costar for the first time in 23 years
  • Priyanka Chopra Jonas said she is being paid the same as her male costar for the first time in 23 years.
  • She said that Amazon boss Jennifer Salke approved her request for "Citadel," which costars Richard Madden.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas said she was paid the same as her male costar for the first time in her 23-year acting career for her latest series, "Citadel."

In the new Amazon Prime Video series, Chopra Jonas and former "Game of Thrones" actor Richard Madden star as spies whose memories are wiped.

During Chopra Jonas' appearance on "The View" Tuesday to promote the series, the 40-year-old actor said that she was surprised that her request for equal pay was accepted.

"Thank God. 23 years later," Chopra Jonas said. "The head of film and TV for Amazon Prime is Jennifer Salke, whose idea was 'Citadel.' She came in five years ago and she wanted to build this global universe with original IP. I wonder if the head of the studio was not female, would this have been a different conversation? Would it have been a conversation?"

Chopra Jonas said that her team told Amazon, "'They're playing co-leads, they should be paid the same.'"

"She was like, 'Yeah, it's only fair.' My cynical self was like, 'No, that's never going to happen.' I am telling my agents, 'You can ask for it, but, guys, I've done this for a long time,'" the actor continued.

Chopra Jonas added that following "Citadel," she started receiving pay equal to her male lead costars for other projects.

"Women have to be in decision-making decisions because it changes other women's lives. After 'Citadel,' every job I have done where I'm the co-lead, I've gotten parity. So it did change my life," she said.

In recent years, several actors have opened up about pay gaps between men and women in Hollywood.

In 2019, the "Grey's Anatomy" star Ellen Pompeo told Variety that she almost quit the show after hearing that her costar Patrick Dempsey was being paid almost twice what she was when the show started.

Chopra Jonas herself has also spoken about her pay gap with her male costars before. While discussing her Bollywood career, Chopra Jonas told BBC 100 Women that she was paid 10% of what some of her male costars made.

"I've never had pay parity in Bollywood. I would get paid about 10% of the salary of my male co-actor," Chopra Jonas said. "We've asked, but we've not got it."

"Citadel" is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.




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