Kristen Stewart is speaking out about gender equality in Hollywood, saying it is a “business that’s so old, it’s going to have a somewhat narrow view.”
The American Ultra star opened up to Variety, admitting that she feels strange commenting on the issue due to the fact she always feels “stimulated and driven and not bored.”
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“I have something in front of me all the time. It sounds weird for me to sit around and be like, ‘It’s not fair,’” she explains. “Guys make more money because their movies make more money. Let’s start making more movies … it makes sense.”
Stewart, 25, goes on to add that she wants people to stop complaining and start doing something.
“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,’” she says. “Go write something, go do something for yourself. And that’s easy to say, like, f**k, it’s hard to get movies made. It’s a huge luxury, just who gets to make movies.”
“That subject is just so prevalently everywhere right now, and it’s boring,” she adds.
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Someone who is taking action is Geena Davis. The actress launched the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in 2015. The goal of the institute is to increase the percentage of female characters in children’s entertainment, and she is helping to make significant gains in the field. In the research her group had done, the male to female ratio has stayed exactly the same. Even crowd scenes are only comprised of 17 percent women.
“I’m very confident and optimistic about the needle moving for the first time soon,” she tells ETonline. “I work with all the networks and studios, sharing our research in a very collegial and private way, and they’re just profoundly impacted by hearing the numbers. They had no idea they were leaving out that many female characters.”