Anna Kendrick Rips Hollywood Gender Bias in New Interview: "What the F---?"
Despite leading an all-girls cast of one of this summer's highly anticipated sequels, Pitch Perfect 2, Anna Kendrick is not satisfied.
In an interview with Glamour, the actress expressed her frustration with the lack of female leads in Hollywood, referencing this year's Oscar nominated films as an example. "All the films nominated [for a Best Picture Oscar] this year had male leads. Like, every single one," Kendrick told the magazine. "So I’m glad that [equality’s] feeling like a bigger issue now."
When asked how female actresses in the industry are treated differently than their male counterparts, she noted that female roles are often decided upon last. "There’s [a film I’m considering] now where I have to wait for all the male roles to be cast before I can even become a part of the conversation," she said. "Part of me gets that. [But] part of me is like, 'What the f--k? You have to cast for females based on who’s cast as males?' "
She added, "To me, the only explanation is that there are so many f--king talented girls, and from a business standpoint it’s easier to find women to match the men. I totally stand by the belief that there are 10 unbelievably talented women for every role."
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Kendrick clarified that though she's often left to compete with other women for the same roles, the common ground she shares with her competitors cancels any feelings of ill will, saying, "If anything, it bonds you because we’re all dealing with the same problem."
She publicly displayed her support for friend Mae Whitman when the actress, who had originally starred in 1996's Independence Day, was not chosen to reprise her part as President Whitmore's daughter in the forthcoming sequel (the lead role instead went to Maika Monroe). A disappointed Kendrick tweeted that Whitman was "talented as hell" and had proved that she was just as capable of carrying a film.
What the actual fuck? @maebirdwing is talented as hell, and JUST proved she can carry a film. Smh. https://t.co/Njrsb7Gb1Z
—Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) April 28, 2015
The actress also dismissed statements that the Pitch Perfect franchise, though it features a strong female presence, is better suited for women. "It’s not like the humor excludes men," she said. "My favorite thing on Twitter is guys being like, 'Listen: I’m not a pussy, but Pitch Perfect is awesome.' I’m like, 'I didn’t think you were a pussy, sir.' "
Kendrick is one of many actresses to comment on the prevalence of sexism in Hollywood. Patricia Arquette, Emma Watson, Amy Schumer and Kristen Stewart have also sounded off on gender issues on public platforms (Arquette rallied for equal pay during her Oscars acceptance speech, while Stewart blasted the industry for being "disgustingly sexist" in a recent interview with Harper's Bazaar U.K.).