Some of our favorite television actresses – Evan Rachel Wood, Yvonne Orji, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Nicole Richie and Sarah Silverman – are featured on Net-A-Porter’s THE EDIT magazine!
Check out a few highlights from the ladies’ feature below:
Sarah on changing of television: “The fact that women are helming and writing. And shows like Atlanta and Insecure are so brilliant and so not written by white people for black people – it’s a big difference.”
Evan on what she feels televison still needs to address: “It’s very rare that you see any out bisexuals [on-screen] unless they are a villain or they’re crazy, as if it’s a trait of someone who is deviant or dirty.”
Yvonne on if television changes society: “I read a poll that [said] a lot more white people are watching Atlanta, Black-ish and Insecure than ‘one would think’, but black people watched Friends and that wasn’t news. The expectation is that we should succumb to what you put out, but then what we put out, it’s alright if nobody else watches it but the community that it’s for. No one knows what Westeros is, but it’s engaging enough for us to want to be on a dragon. And even in [that] world, the people of color are castrated. Wouldn’t it be awesome if a show with that much power did something to show people of color in a different light? Like I could come in on a unicorn as Khaleesi’s long-lost sister.”
Nicole on the biggest female trailblazers in television: “Tina Fey. When I did my first scene with her, it was everything that you imagine: exciting, intimidating. And I love Issa Rae. She takes her voice and expands it on every level. It takes such confidence and vulnerability to do that.”
Maggie on what the television show of her life would be called: “There’s this Nick Cave lyric that I like: ‘You leapt into the abyss, but find it only came up to your knees.'”
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