Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington, Kirsten Dunst, Julianna Margulies, Regina King, Sarah Paulson, and Constance Zimmer are all like, the best people on TV right now, so it only makes sense that they all posed by a chaise lounge for The Hollywood Reporter‘s latest cover.
Now, I’m fans of most of these women, some, not so much. But I do love how they’re calling out some serious double standard BS in their interviews. Here are my favorite snippets:
J.Lo on how she HATES being labeled a “diva:” I got a moniker of being ‘the diva,’ which I never felt I deserved — which I don’t deserve — because I’ve always been a hard worker, on time, doing what I’m supposed to do, and getting that label because you reach a certain amount of success.”
Sarah on sexism in the industry: “I’ve never been asked to play the [romantic] leading lady without having to be a blonde…. I don’t mind it, I like the blond — but to be told that in order to be considered a romantic lady opposite some hunky guy, I need to have long blond hair that looked very L.A. Real Housewives? It does do something to your brain. You go, ‘Gosh, so the way I came into the world is not as appealing as it would be if I were altered in some way?’ That’s a funny message to extend to a person. And that’s the other thing: I did it. I put the extensions in, I blonded it up.”
Julianna on nudity: “I’ve been playing the same character for seven seasons, and all of a sudden this season the girl is taking her clothes off. I’m seven years older than I was when I started it, and I love it. I mean, it’s CBS, so there’s only so much you can take off, but there’s something great about seeing a woman in her 40s having sex with someone and not being inhibited.”
Kirsten on why she took her first regular series role: “Because [Peggy is] a total nutcase. You don’t read roles that are inspiring in that way. I got to do so much more in that TV show than I have in a film in so long. It was the most challenging thing I ever did. I remember my friend Lizzy Caplan, who’s on Masters of Sex, being like, ‘Get B12 shots, you’re going to be exhausted.'”
Constance on the roles being reversed: “On UnREAL, we have two female leads, female showrunners and writers, and it’s very driven toward us being empowered, which is definitely different. We can treat the men a bit like how we may have been treated earlier in our careers or just as women in general. It’s fun to watch the tables be turned and to see the guys on set eating lettuce.”
TELL ‘EM LADIES. More women doing things on tv, feeling empowered, running the show and showing real women in real women situations. Cheers!
Photo: The Hollywood Reporter