Marie Claire “Change Makers” Issue with Ava DuVernay, Jessica Chastain, Constance Wu

Posted on March 08, 2019

Ava DuVernay, Jessica Chastain, and Constance Wu cover the “Change Makers” April 2019 issue of Marie Claire magazine photographed by Amanda Demme.




Ava DuVernay

On honoring her craft before fame: “I didn’t have dreams or designs that a studio would want to make my work, that any awards body or critical community would embrace my work. In many ways, that lack of attention put me in a really good place. No one’s going to watch it anyway, so I may as well make what I want.”

On looking to the past to move forward: “Whenever we get depressed or down, we need to look to history and realize that while it feels very alarming and uncharted, the kind of straight up racism that we hear now is not new.”

On why forgoing her writers credit for Selma was her biggest regret: “It was my biggest career mistake so far. I allowed someone to put their name on my work. I hate it every day, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to let it go, but it definitely taught me some lessons I intend to benefit from.”



Jessica Chastain

On criticism for being outspoken: “I’ve had people tell me, ‘You need to be a little more quiet with all this woman talk.’”

On female directors receiving less opportunity than male directors: “I agree there are not as many women as men that have the same experience, but that’s because, in the past, women have been actively discriminated against. Male directors who had their first film in Sundance, their next offer is a huge action movie. Women haven’ been given those opportunities, and we need to ask why.”

On regret for not standing up for herself after a male executive flirted with her: “For months, I tried to make it light, laugh it off. Now I wish I had just told him to fuck off.”



Constance Wu

On defining diversity: “Diversity isn’t just ‘Let’s have people of color supporting this white person’s story.’”

On competition among actresses: “People say women are inherently bitchy and competitive. But anybody will be competitive if there’s only one seat at the table.”

On creating lasting change: “The only way things get better is to demand that instead of us changing for the sake of how the culture has always been, let’s change the culture.”





[Photo Credit: Amanda Demme/Marie Claire Magazine]

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