If you already adore Helen Mirren with all of your being and hope to be half the woman she is in the years to come, let these quotes exacerbate that feeling.
Helen Mirren made an appearance at Brown University's Women in the World Summit yesterday, where she discussed the misogyny she has experience, as a female actress in Hollywood, as well as how the gender pay gap has affected her. Here are the best takeaways.
It's time for a female president:
"I've always said how incredibly important Margaret Thatcher was — although I didn't agree with her politics. She was a role model for a little 3-year-old girl [to think] that she could become the prime minister of England. It's so incredibly important. So, go Hillary!"
Sexism exists in the media, and female journalists are guilty of the worst of it:
"The worst version of that, honestly, is often being interviewed by female journalists who insist on going on and on about plastic surgery."
Female actors earn less because Hollywood wants to please male audiences:
"I read somewhere that when a young couple goes out on a date, the boy won't go see the movie the girl wants to see, but the girl will go to see the movie the boy wants to see," she explains. "Which is why men drive box office [numbers] and the Bruce Willises and Brad Pitts of the world get far more money."
The representation of women needs to change in society before it can change in films:
"People often say, 'It's so terrible that women don't have great roles in movies.' I say: Forget that. That doesn't matter. Change roles for women in life, and you will find the roles for women in drama."
Helen Mirren's comments on the institutional sexism in Hollywood come right when Julia-Louis Dreyfus, Tina Fey and Patricia Arquette took to the Amy Schumer show to discuss how Hollywood decides, in their words, when they become "unfuckable".
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