17 female actors about sexism they faced in Hollywood

During a panel discussion with the Hollywood Reporter, the actor said, “My agent called me and said, ‘I’m so embarrassed to make this call, but there’s a great movie and they’re going to offer it to you. I really love your job [Shameless]. But the director wants you to walk into his office in a bikini. There is no audition. That’s all you have to do. ‘ He wanted to know if I was fat now. This was basically the question. And I actually had this moment like, ‘Well, how good is the part?’ For a second, I thought, ‘Would I? Send me the script. Maybe the character is in a bikini in the movie. ‘ [She’s] not in a bikini in the movie “.

During a 2020 interview with Variety, the actor shared that a casting person had once asked her to “be more like Hello Kitty”. Lana recalled, “I was like, ‘I don’t know what you mean.’ I say right away: you have to call him out loud. Plus, Hello Kitty doesn’t have a mouth. [So, as] a woman, I’m like, ‘You want me to be more like Hello Kitty, but she has no voice.’ It’s so offensive to me. “

During an interview with Vulture, the actor shared one of the reasons he turned down the opportunity to join Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz in Charlie’s angels. “One of the biggest movies I didn’t do was because the director said to me, ‘I can’t wait. The first take is going to be … You’ll think it’s yellow lines down a street, and you walk away, and you you realize it’s the seams, because the denim is so tight on your butt it will feel like asphalt. ‘ I was like, ‘Oh, I don’t think we’re going to go down this road together.’ “

During a 2015 interview with The Wrap, she said: “There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time. I’m 37 and recently I was told I was too old to play the movie. “Lover of a man who was 55. It was amazing to me. It made me feel bad, and then it made me angry, and then it made me laugh.”

In an episode of The Graham Norton Showthe actor said: “I don’t think I’m right for the kind of actress Michael Bay – the director – had met before. I think he was baffled by me because my boobs weren’t bigger than my head, and I wasn’t blonde. . I had just had my daughter and I had lost weight, but I was told that if I got the part, I would have to train, and I just didn’t understand why a 1940s nurse would do it. “

“When we were promoting [Pearl Harbor]Michael was asked why he chose Ben [Affleck] and Josh [Hartnett], and said, “I’ve worked with Ben before, and I love him, and Josh is such a manly and wonderful actor.” Then, when asked about me, he would say, “Kate wasn’t attractive enough to alienate the female audience.” She kept repeating it everywhere we went and we went to many places. “

After making history as the first black woman to have a starring role Star Wars, the actress was bombarded with sexist and racist comments online, leading her to quit social media. During a 2021 interview with the Hollywood Reporter, he said: “If someone doesn’t understand me or my experience, it shouldn’t be my place to have to internalize their misogyny or racism or all of the above. Maybe they just don’t.” I don’t have the imagination to understand that there are different types of people living in the world. “

In 2015, the actor told the Evening Standard: “There are a lot of roles that come in that are ‘the girl’ or ‘the hot piece’ in a movie or TV series. It’s something I’ve seen and read at first. person all the time. He’ll say “Derek: smart, good with kids, funny, really good at this”, and then say “Sandra: beautiful in a nice way” – and that’s all you get. That’s the way your character is described, so by entering an audition, you’re channeling “hot”, which isn’t, like, a person, it’s not what a person is. “

During a panel discussion with the Hollywood Reporter, the actor said: “I’ve always been fascinated by how much we have to behave better than men. I got the nickname ‘the diva’, which I never felt I deserved – which I don’t deserve – because I’ve always been a hard worker, punctual, professional, and I got that label because you achieve some success … I’ve always been fascinated by how I could see [a man] being late or belligerent with a crew and being totally acceptable; in the meantime, I would have shown up 15 minutes late and been reprimanded. “

During a Women in the World speech, the actor discussed how the gender pay gap in Hollywood is even wider for black women. “A lot of the women who have come forward – and I’m sympathetic to them, ok? – what they get paid, which is half of what a man gets paid, well, we probably get a tenth of what a Caucasian woman gets. . And I’m number one on the call sheet. Besides, I have to go in and get busy for my worth. “

Nowadays, the actress is known around the world for her action and martial arts roles. But early in her career, stunt instructors doubt her abilities. Last year, Michelle told the Guardian: “They literally crossed their arms, pulled back and looked at me. ‘This little thing wants to do all of this?’ But I followed them move by move. I was in that gym from 8:30 until sunset every day. “

He also addressed the sexism of his male co-stars. When she was asked if it was true that Jackie Chan thought women belonged to the kitchen rather than action movies, she replied, “He did. Until I kicked his ass.”

During a 2016 interview with Allure, the actor shared: “One producer said, ‘I hired you to look good in your underwear with a gun in your hand.’ On entering this project I was told that they really wanted me for the part and that any inputs or ideas I had to share please. This is what I was doing, and this producer was so annoyed that he had to interrupt his vacation to call me and tell me to stop being a difficult whore. I thought, ‘Wow, that’s true. It really happens.’ “

The actor told Insider that she once starred in a Bollywood movie where she was paid far less than her male counterpart. “A producer-director told me, ‘Well, you know what it’s like in these big movies with the big boys. That’s the budget for the girl, and we can’t go any further,’ which was a measly 5% of what. [the male lead] He was becoming.”

During a 2017 interview with Porter, the actor said: “I was talking [being a woman in the industry] with another actress, and I said, “Do you find you have to say the same thing seven times, while a man says it once and everyone listens?” Male counterparts can say the same thing [I just did]and everyone was like ‘Oh, that’s a great idea’ and I was like ‘I just said it 19 times, but you chose not to listen to it or accept it.’ “

During a 2015 panel discussion with the Hollywood Reporter, the actor said, “I was ready for a role and auditioned for the character. They say, ‘We love her. But can she come back in a tight black dress?’ I said, ‘It doesn’t make any sense to the character.’ They said, ‘We need to know if you’re pretty enough to be on the cover of a magazine.’ “

During a 2019 interview with Glamor UK, the actor said he was asked sexist questions about aging that his male colleagues did not address during their Captain Marvel press tour. “The discussions about aging have been a way to control women, make them feel insecure about ourselves and as if they are not adequate,” she said. “We need to change things, especially in the beauty industry. The aging process will happen to all of us – how are we going to deal with it? I think ‘anti-aging’ is a prehistoric term.”

During the 2017 Women at Sundance brunch, the actor recalled how ABC was praised for “taking a risk” by choosing a black woman to star in a TV show. “Black people consume more content than anyone else in this country and women are 51% of the population, so why do we allow the myth of risk to exist?” she asked.


And finally, Mila Kunis

In an open letter on A Plus, the actor wrote: “‘You will never work in this city again.’ A cliché of course, but also what a producer threatened when I refused to pose half naked on the cover of a men’s magazine to promote our film, I was no longer willing to submit to a naive compromise that I had previously been willing to. Will I ever work in this city again? “I was livid, I felt objectified and for the first time in my career I said no.”

“It is what we are conditioned to believe: that if we speak up, our livelihoods will be threatened; that holding our position will lead to our death. We don’t want to be kicked out of the sandbox for being a ‘whore.’ So, let’s compromise our own. integrity for the sake of maintaining the status quo and hopefully change is coming. “

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