Elle’s 2013 Women in Hollywood

 “A lot of times, women have had all their tools taken away (in Hollywood comedies). It’s like you’re never inappropriate, you have the greatest job, you look great, your hair is amazing, and now go be funny. And it’s like, with what? You have to fall down for us to want to watch you get back up. And it’s like they never let you watch women fall down.”

– Melissa McCarthy, on playing nontraditional female comedic leads

“I started noticing a couple years ago that I wasn’t seeing women as the stars of movies. I’m seeing them as the guys’ girlfriends, or so-and-so’s wife. I just thought: God, if I don’t start buckling down and start producing some movies, what’s my daughter going to see in the movies?”

Reese Witherspoon, on what inspired her to begin producing movies*

Other women featured include Shailene Woodley, Penélope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, and Naomie Harris. You can read the full interviews in the November issue of Elle, out Oct 22.

Personally super stoked for Witherspoon’s take on Gone Girl adaptation of the book by Gillian Flynn. If you haven’t read it, invest now. The female protagonist (that’s a little generous) will be a character to remember. It’s going to be balls to the walls insane. Just Batshit.


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