Kristen Stewart weighs in on gender inequality in Hollywood
It’s nothing new for celebrities to comment on societal issues — Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame has led the charge on young feminism, and recently, a large number of celebrities have given their opinion about #OscarsSoWhite. Now Twilight star Kristen Stewart is stepping into the ring, voicing her opinion on gender inequality in Hollywood.
“I’m so f–king lucky and so stimulated and driven and not bored,” Stewart said in an interview with Variety at the Sundance Film Festival. “I have something in front of me all the time. It sounds weird for me to sit around and say, ‘It’s not fair.’ Guys make more money because their movies make more money. Let’s start making more movies… it makes sense. If you’re bored or if you feel like there’s a lack of something in front of you, it’s silly for me to say go ‘do something.’ But I came from a family — my mom’s an artist, she’s a painter, she’s a script supervisor as well. When she wasn’t working, she was making something. She was never bored. Instead of sitting around and complaining about that, do something. Go write something, go do something.”
“And that’s easy to say,” she continued. “Like, f–k, it’s hard to get movies made. It’s a huge luxury. Who gets to just make movies? But that subject is just so prevalently everywhere right now, and it’s boring.”
Asked about a lack of great roles for women and the dearth of female directors in Hollywood, Stewart was more positive. “In any business that’s so old, it’s going to have a somewhat narrow view. And it’s expanding quickly on so many levels.”
This isn’t the first time Stewart has spoken out on the industry’s sexism. During a 2015 interview with Harper’s Bazaar, she called Hollywood “disgustingly” sexist.
“It’s crazy. It’s so offensive, it’s crazy,” she said.
Stewart is promoting her new film, Certain Women, directed by Kelly Reichardt. The movie also stars Laura Dern and Michelle Williams, and follows the story of three women in the town of Livingston, Mont. whose lives unexpectedly intersect.
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