It’s Priyanka Chopra Jonas is talking openly about the nasty comments she has heard.
The Citadel star, 40, told Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke tale from the day before that rocked her self-confidence at the opening of the 2023 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival on Friday.
“I’ve heard a lot of harsh things spoken to me. In my line of work, the pressure is so great that you can’t truly display your weaknesses, “She revealed. “I was informed by someone yesterday that I wasn’t a sample size… I felt terrible about the fact that I’m not a sample size, which is a problem since most of us aren’t, because sample size is size 2, and I talked about it with my family, sobbed to my husband [Nick Jonas], and my team.”
She continued, “I’ve had instances when I may have said something that was misunderstood, and you see people saying the meanest and nastiest things not just about me, but also about my child and other members of my family. I believe sometimes people forget you are even human.
“And those pressures are strange. I have no idea what it’s like to sit on your couch and feel the world come at you because everyone has forgotten that you are a human.
“Instead of thinking about what you can contribute or what you can do for me, I believe that what you need to do is surround yourself with people who love and care about you. Individuals who wish for you to smile and grow,” she continued. “I can count them on the fingers of one hand; it doesn’t have to be a room full of people.”
Along with being vulnerable about her body image, Chopra Jonas also spoke with Salke how working on the upcoming series Citadel led to her receiving pay parity for the first time.
For the first time in 22 years, she said, she received pay parity with her male costar when she worked on Citadel.
On April 28, the first two episodes of Citadel made their Prime Video debut. Afterwards, additional episodes would be released every week until May 26.