As if you needed another reason to love the Hollywood goddess Anna Kendrick, our hard-working songstress and “It” girl from last year dropped some major knowledge on the misogyny and gender bias running rampant in the world of casting for the film industry.
Aside from looking fabulous on the cover of Glamour and discussing how glorious it is to be on the verge of turning 30 in her latest spread, Kendrick goes into an interesting story involving her attempt to nail down her next role on the silver screen. If you haven’t heard, she’s been racking up her film credits lately: Into the Woods, The Last Five Years, and the highly anticipated sequel Pitch Perfect 2. But this working girl likes to know her next move…
“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. 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?’ 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.”
Whatever happened to “ladies first?”
Also, you’d think the Academy Award nominee might have enough pull at this point to be the central peg around which the remaining cast members revolve.
This isn’t the first time that Kendrick has championed her feminist ideals. While playing the role of Cinderella in Into the Woods – a strong female character who chooses her own destiny rather than being pigeonholed into her own gender biased “fairytale ending” – Kendrick commented on today’s twisted connotation of the term “feminist.”
“It’s practically become a curse word,” Kendrick told The Daily Beast. “Somebody says, ‘Oh, you’re being such a feminist,’ and you’re supposed to be like, ‘No I’m not.’ Why are we afraid of that word? It exists and we can’t get rid of it, so let’s fight for it and embrace it.”
So stop being such a Pitch Hollywood when it comes to gender neutral casting – get it together, and remember who runs the world.
The next generation of female stars is taking a stand against gender biases in Hollywood. “What the f–k? You have to cast for females based on who’s cast as males?”