Priyanka Chopra Says There’s No Reason a Woman Can’t Be James Bond
While the world has been arguing over whether or not Idris Elba would make a good James Bond (he would, and you know it), Quantico star Priyanka Chopra thinks Hollywood should think even further outside of the box.
During a recent interview with Refinery 29, Chopra said she thinks any actor should have the opportunity to play the iconic spy, including a woman. “Look. It’s a story about a British guy who happens to be a white dude,” she said. “There’s nothing wrong with that, whoever came up with it. And not Jane. She should be James Bond, and she should be able to sell it. Why not?’”
While Chopra’s suggestion that a woman should play Bond seems to hint at the actress leaning towards more diversity in Hollywood, surprisingly the opposite it true. “I know everything is about diversity right now. But I think it should be about humanity. It’s 2016.”
Ultimately, Chopra believes that all people, but especially women, would benefit if we stopped placing so much value on labels. “It’s so easy to separate ourselves and become smaller and smaller pieces of humanity. I don’t like the phrase ‘woman of color.’ I feel like that puts women in a box,” she explained. “I’m a woman, whether I’m white, Black, brown, green, blue, or pink — whatever. I think we need to start looking beyond that. It would be a big win for women, period.”