And by that they mean “Thin White Actress Roundtable.” Le sigh. We suppose we should give them some props for including actresses over 40 and not putting them all in lingerie.
Helen Hunt, 49 (The Sessions); Rachel Weisz, 42 (The Deep Blue Sea); Marion Cotillard, 37 (Rust and Bone); Naomi Watts, 44 (The Impossible); Anne Hathaway, 30 (Les Miserables); Amy Adams, 38 (The Master, Trouble With the Curve); and Sally Field, 66 (Lincoln).
On her big break: “With Mulholland Drive, I was completely terrified working with David Lynch. I was going on years and years of auditions and being told I was too this, too that, not enough of this, not enough of that, to the point where I was so afraid and diluting myself into absolutely nothing — and then he just looked me in the eye and saw something. He just spoke to me and unveiled all those locked masks.”
On landing the role of Mary Todd Lincoln: “I fought like holy hell to get Lincoln,” Field said. “A little voice inside me said, ‘You’ll never do it, Field. You’ll never do it.’ And I have a problem with that little voice, because that little voice sometimes becomes my self-fulfilling prophecy.”
Amy Adams said there are key differences between how men and women are treated in her line of work. “You’re told constantly that you have a ‘shelf life,’ and I don’t know that men are told that by the media, by other actors and other actresses,” she said.
Helen Hunt had to fight for her role in As Good as It Gets, which would win her an Oscar.
“I was too young, too blond, too on-a-sitcom, too utterly uninteresting for this part,” Hunt said. “I had spent many, many years where the director would want me but the studio wouldn’t. In this case, I had the reverse.”
On the role that changed her life: “After La Vie en Rose, I started to feel the need to clean up some relationships, which was really weird. Suddenly, I needed to start fresh. Sometimes you go deep inside yourself, and I think it opens things inside of you.”
Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea) mounted a campaign to be cast in The Constant Gardener, a role that would win her the best supporting actress Oscar and Golden Globe.
“I hounded the director. I called him a lot, and I wrote him a lot of letters. They were quite bold, basically telling him why I thought I was right to play the part,” she said. “That’s very un-British. But I dropped my British-ness and at the end of the day [director Fernando Meirelles] said that tenacity was right for the character.”
Hathaway’s dream role is to tackle 18th century Russian ruler Catherine the Great.
“I’m reading a biography on her life right now, and it’s such a great story. It involves sex and the denial of sex, and she was so brilliant and there’s just so much vastness,” she said.
But hey, the dresses are pretty.
We get it: they all have big-deal projects out or coming out soon. But if there really aren’t any actresses of color with big-deal projects out or coming out soon, then someone needs to ask why.
We’ll do it, then. Are there any big-deal projects coming out soon (say, within the next 3 months) with actresses of color or actresses over a size six? And why not? Isn’t this shit getting awfully old?
[Photo Credit: Joe Pugliese for The Hollywood Reporter]