Emma Watson speaks out about sexism in Hollywood

By Sarah Harvey

Actress Emma Watson. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Actress Emma Watson. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Actress Emma Watson has spoken out about sexism in Hollywood.

Watson, in an interview with The Guardian, said there were ways that Hollywood was unequal. It came as part of a report which said a large majority of those in the film and TV industry had been subject to sexism.

“I have experienced sexism in that I have been directed by male directors 17 times and only twice by women. Of the producers I’ve worked with 13 have been male and only one has been a woman.”

But, she said she had been lucky:”I have always insisted on being treated equally and have generally won that equality. Most of the problems I have encountered have been in the media, where I have been treated so incredibly differently from my male co-stars.

“I think my work with the UN has probably made me even more aware of the problems. I went out for a work dinner recently. It was 7 men… and me.”

Watson, 25, who is highly regarded for her work as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, said there was plenty of support and camaraderie in the industry, despite its obvious flaws.

“If something does go wrong in the workplace, the support network is not brilliant. The men at the top often find it difficult to relate to a lot of the problems women face and therefore we aren’t taken very seriously. Yet, women are just as guilty of discriminating against women.

“Some of the best feminists I have encountered are men, like Steve Chbosky who directed me in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and director James Ponsoldt who I am working with at the moment [on The Circle]. Some women can be incredibly prejudiced against other women,” she told The Guardian.


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