Olivia Wilde on Sexism in Hollywood

March 3, 2014

Olivia Wilde is speaking out about sexism in Hollywood – and we just want to give her a massive high five.

Wilde, 29, was speaking at a State of Female Justice panel, organised by One Billing Rising, a global campaign raising awareness about women’s rights and injustices – Anne Hathaway and other celebs are huge fans.

“It’s really hard to get stories made about women, that are about women, not just women being obsessed with men or supporting men. And it’s really hard to get men to be a part of films that are about women in a leading role,” she said.

Wilde described the frustrations of being an actress is today’s Hollywood: “I don’t know if some of you have been to these live reads at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Arts), where a classic film is read live on stage by actors who just sit and read the script,” she said.

“We did one recently of American Pie, but we reversed the gender roles. All the women played men; all the men played women. And it was so fascinating to be a part of this because, as the women took on these central roles—they had all the good lines, they had all the good laughs, all the great moments—the men who joined us to sit on stage started squirming rather uncomfortably and got really bored because they weren’t used to being the supporting cast.”

“It was fascinating to feel their discomfort,” she continued, “to discuss it with them afterward, when they said, ‘It’s boring to play the girl role! And I said, ‘Yeah. Yeah. You think? Welcome to our world!'”

The actress, who’s starred in over 40 films, vowed to do more to empower women in film, joining fellow actresses  Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep who are fighting discrimination in Hollywood. Go Olivia!

Do you think Hollywood is getting less sexist, or is just as sexist as it ever was?

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