The latest celebrity to speak up about diversity in Hollywood is Natalie Portman, who made some bold statements about the state of the movie industry in an interview with Vulture.
Portman notes that somehow, films now feature fewer female leads than in the 50s and 60s: “Even if they’ll make the occasional sexist comment, they still have a central woman character who has a personality,” she said. “Now I feel like movies are all about white men and then you get a couple that happen to be about women.”
Natalie also discusses women behind the camera, recalling an incident in which a project about a young Ruth Bader Ginsberg was put on hold until a female director could be found: “With the issues of gender discrimination in Hollywood right now, how could we not do that?” she said.
She also discussed the double-standards when it comes to media presentations and press circuits: “I go through two hours of hair and makeup before going to anything, and the guys roll out of bed. And then if I don’t do it, it becomes the focus of— I wouldn’t even call it journalism."
The Oscar-winning actress will be playing Jackie Kennedy in her next big role for the aptly named movie Jackie, which she hopes defies the status-quo of male-dominated cinema. “She was very ahead of her time in having the kind of agency to tell her own story,” she mused. “That’s everyone’s obsession now, presenting this image that they want to show the world. That was relatively forward-thinking of her, and the fact that she coined ‘Camelot’ is crazy.”
You can read the full interview over here.
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