Olivia Wilde Crushes The Sexist Double Standard Of Hollywood In A Single Quote
As a panelist for "State of Female Justice," it is no secret that Olivia Wilde has strong opinions about the state of gender equality in cinema.
Wilde has acted in 40 films, but only played the lead role in one ("Drinking Buddies"). Wilde is helping to shed some light on the fact that in the top 100 films of 2013, only 28% of speaking roles were female characters.
Angelina Jolie is the highest paid woman per film in Hollywood, yet her salary is on par with low level male A-listers Liam Neeson and Denzel Washington. Equal pay for equal work? Me thinks not.
One highlight of this clip is an anecdote Wilde relates about a gender swap reading of "American Pie," in which women read parts scripted for men and vice versa.
The effect it had on the male participants is particularly noteworthy.
"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," Wilde said. "It was fascinating to feel their discomfort [and] to discuss it with them afterwards, when they said, 'It's boring to play the girl role!' And I said, 'Yeah. Yeah. You think?! Welcome to our world!"
H/T: Bustle, Photo credit: WENN