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Priyanka Chopra: 'Sexual harassment had become a norm'

At a recent summit, the actress spoke on topics ranging from the #MeToo movement to why she didn't think she would marry Nick Jonas

Priyanka Chopra's next project will be a film for Netflix directed by Robert Rodriguez . AFP
Priyanka Chopra's next project will be a film for Netflix directed by Robert Rodriguez . AFP

It's a topic that has been at the forefront of the film industry since 2017, however, Priyanka Chopra says sexual harassment in Hollywood has been somewhat quelled thanks to women banding together.

The Quantico actress was speaking at the Women in the World Summit in New York on Thursday, where she was interviewed by event founder Tina Brown.

"Sexual harassment had become a norm with women," said Chopra, 36, when quizzed on the impact of the #MeToo movement. "Now, because of the support we are giving each other, people don't have the power to shut us down."

The Bollywood star added that a renewed strength in numbers had contributed to such empowerment, saying: "We always had a voice. Just nobody heard us. Now if I have a story I don't feel I'm alone any more – and I'm not ashamed of it."

Chopra, who spoke about her activism as well as entrepreneurship on stage, also opened up about her relationship with new husband Nick Jonas, revealing she didn't hear wedding bells when the two first met.

“I’ve known him for two years. I didn’t think that this is what it [would’ve] turned out to be, and that’s maybe that’s my fault, I judged a book by its cover,” she said. “When I actually started dating Nick, he surprised me so much.”

91st Academy Awards – Vanity Fair – Beverly Hills, California, U.S., February 24, 2019 – Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas in February. Reuters

The couple tied the knot in a lavish, multi-day affair in Mumbai in December, with Chopra joking that the bill for their nuptials did take her by surprise.

"We were like, ‘Cool cool, maybe we should have prepared this a little bit more'," she told Brown.

Chopra also revealed how pop star Jonas's temperament complements her own, saying: “He’s such an old soul, extremely smart, so good for me because he grounds me so much. I’m a wild child, I do whatever I want whenever I want and he always supports me.”

The summit, which this year celebrated its 10th anniversary, brought together female leaders and thinkers from across the world to share and celebrate their stories.

Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Captain Marvel actress Brie Larson, model Adwoa Aboah and politician Stacey Abrams were among the summit's line-up, as well as media mogul Oprah Winfrey, who delivered the keynote address.

Updated: April 15, 2019 02:29 AM

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