Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis says she was fortunate to star in two trailblazing films for women -- "Thelma and Louise" and "A League of Their Own," which is celebrating its 25th anniversary -- that fundamentally changed her career, and said she would be interested in playing historical figure Eleanor Roosevelt. In this Q&A, Davis also talks about choosing characters that are in charge of their own fate. "I want to be a baseball player, not the girlfriend of the baseball player," Davis says.
(L to R) Sarandon, Murphy and Lange (Rabbani And Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
As stars of Ryan Murphy's new series "Feud," Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange have much to say about what has and hasn't changed since the Hollywood of the 1960s. Sarandon, who notes that the last four films she has been in have been directed by women, said the conversation in Hollywood about women making advances in Hollywood is progressing: "Just the fact that people are asking this question is a huge change."
Showrunner and director Ryan Murphy says his new series "Feud" was a sad realization of the depth of gender discrimination in the film industry that still persists today. "It's still so hard if you're a woman over 40 in Hollywood. It just is. There's just are not as many opportunities as there should be," Murphy said.
Producer Dany Garcia, MGM Studios executive and philanthropist Shelley Reid, and actor and comedian Leah Remini all give their thoughts on being catalysts for change in a male-dominated industry. Reid, who is also the president of the nonprofit Visionary Women, says her best advice to young women is to "not be afraid to behave like a woman -- success doesn't require imitating a man."
Star of National Geographic's first scripted series "Genius," Emily Watson says she is pursuing more opportunities on television because TV tends to produce more interesting roles for older women. Watson believes it is easy for most women to age out of Hollywood films around 32.
There are four women in the top 10 on a ranking of the highest-paid CEOs compiled by Equilar, but there are only nine women among the top 100. Safra Catz of Oracle was the highest ranked woman at No. 5 on the list, while PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi landed at No. 10.
Glamour magazine and the digital media company Girlgaze have launched a new short film competition to recognize the work of young women filmmakers. The judges include Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis, Rashida Jones, Chloe Grace Moretz, Zendaya, Lilly Singh and Tracee Ellis Ross. "By providing young female professionals with a platform on which to display their work, Glamour x Girlgaze is giving them a seat at the table, while creating an opportunity for us to see what stories engage the next generation of women," Ross said.
The impact of media images on children is profound and should be taken as seriously as the amount of time children devote to watching television and movies, says Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis. "Kids watch screens more than any activity other than sleeping. I believe we are teaching kids to have unconscious gender bias from the very beginning by the media they consume. If we change that, show kids a balanced world where girls take up half the space, have half the adventures and are valued, think how dramatically different those kids could grow up," Davis says in this Q&A.
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