Actresses and beauties Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria and Elizabeth Banks front Entertainment Weekly‘s “Beyond Beautiful” issue where they talk diversity and sexism in Hollywood!
Check out some highlights below:
Kerry on the pressures of being black and a women in Hollywood: It reminds me of this line that Shonda Rhimes wrote on our show that has really resonated with African-Americans. Its this idea you have to be twice as good to get half of what they have. Its something that most black people I talk, when they heard that line, it completely resonated with how they were raised and the messaged their parents gave them. Thats just the truth. I think its the same for women. You just know, you have to be twice as good. In a way, until girls dont have that feeling, we will not have done our jobs. Thats almost the point: to not feel the pressure to be extraordinary.
Banks on stepping behind the camera for the first time in the director’s chair: I think it was partially internal. I felt very underused. I went to a really competitive college. I went to grad school. Im competitive naturally as a human being. And suddenly I was in an industry that said, You can just sit over there and wait and well call you.
Longoria on social media: I remember starting on Twitter. I loved the immediate way I could correct things. At the time there were just so may lies. It was stupid stuff, like Evas pregnant, Evas pregnant, Evas pregnant. Im like, Guys, I ate a burger. Im not pregnant because my mom would call!
Witherspoon on wanting more other than acting: About four years ago I got sent an awful, terrible script. And this male star was starring in it, and there was a girlfriend part. And I thought, Youve got to be kidding me. No, Im not interested.” They said, ‘Well this actress is chasing it, that actress is chasing it: three Oscar winners and two huge box office leading ladies.’ And I thought, ‘Oh, thats where were at? Youre fighting to be the girlfriend in a dumb comedy? For what?’ And by the way, two Oscar winners did it.
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