Quantico‘s Priyanka Chopra is tired of being asked to play the pretty love interest of a film’s hero. She instead wants to be the hero.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Chopra told Complex magazine that although she’s been asked to play a Bond girl in a forthcoming James Bond film, she has no interest in such a role.
On being asked to play the part, Chopra told the magazine, “I get that all the time … But f— that — I wanna be Bond.”
While Chopra wants to play a protagonist, current films lack such roles for females. According to a study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University found that “females comprised a paltry 12 percent of protagonists in the top-grossing films of 2014.”
But the number of such roles for females has only gotten worse: “the latest figures represent a drop of three percentage points from 2013 and a fall of four percentage points from 2002,” says Variety.
Besides mentioning her desire to take on the traditionally male role of James Bond, Chopra also discussed her current role on the Baywatch movie, in which she plays Victoria Leeds — a “bad guy” role she said was initially written for a man, according to EW.
The film, which debuts May 19, 2017, will allow Chopra to dive into a role that she’s longed to play. “I wanted to play a bad guy for a really long time,” she told EW in a previous interview. “And I’m doing that in Baywatch, so I’m excited.”
To read Chopra’s full interview with Complex, click here.