Reed Morano, Cynthia Erivo, Zazie Beetz, Olivia Wilde, Florence Pugh, and Isabela Moner cover the latest issue of Porter Edit magazine photographed by Camila Falquez and styled by Jaime Kay Waxman.
What has made you most proud of Hollywood in the past year?
“The way people have banded together to make certain changes. There was a moment when the Academy was planning to present the awards for cinematography and editing during the commercial break, so I called and texted filmmakers and actors, asking them to sign a letter to get it overturned. It’s a little thing, but if that could carry over to really huge issues, that would be amazing.”
How can Hollywood better serve women of color?
“Start seeing them as full human beings. It’s starting to happen, but we need it to happen faster. I think for a long time we’ve been seen as one-dimensional – there’s the strong woman and the sexy woman, but one woman can be all those things. We see those roles for white women, but it’s still not filtering through quickly enough into roles for black women.”
What are the best and worst parts of Hollywood?
“Being able to tell stories and be creative professionally is an astounding gift – I can do so much more because I have this platform. And the worst thing about Hollywood is its political element, which is very self-serving. It’s that classic thing of finding the circle you feel comfortable with and remaining grounded. I’m lucky to have that.”
What are the biggest hurdles for female directors in Hollywood?
“Not having enough material to earn the bigger jobs. There are so many guys who’ve been given massive jobs after doing one tiny Sundance movie, but as women we tend to feel we need to earn something. I ran into Lena Dunham when I wanted to make Booksmart and I wasn’t sure I had the confidence to pitch it. She said, ‘Do you think a guy would hesitate? Rock in there and own it!’”
What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned so far?
“Speaking up goes a long way. People respect you for it. I think it’s very easy when you’re coming up in this industry to do anything anyone says because you feel your job might be jeopardized. It’s also scary how quickly you notice the difference in your morals, or what you now think of yourself…I have to remind myself of that, and protect myself more.”
What is the most exciting thing happening in the industry right now?
“The influx of representation, not only in front of the camera but behind it. I’ve experienced it with every job I’ve been in – I’ve been representing my culture in some way, whether in Evita, or with Dora, which takes place in Peru.”
[Photo Credit: Camila Falquez/Porter Edit Magazine]