Thursday, May 19, 2016

#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: KERRY WASHINGTON & REGINA KING On THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER!!!



#BLACKGIRLMAGIC is at the table as ABC dramas SCANDAL and AMERICAN CRIME stars KERRY WASHINGTON and REGINA KING are joined by fellow Power Actresses CONSTANCE ZIMMER JENNIFER LOPEZ, JULIANNA MARGULIES, KIRSTEN DUNST, and SARAH PAULSON at The ACTRESSES ROUNDTABLE, and, they ALL  cover the new issue issue of THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER!!!

Here are some interview interludes:

On The People v. O.J. Simpson, Sarah plays Marcia Clark, who became a victim of rather grotesque sexism. She's told she has to change her look, dress in more feminine style, smile more, change her hair. As actresses, what have been the most overtly sexist things you've experienced in your careers?
KERRY WASHINGTON I'm in this very surreal environment right now having Shonda Rhimes as my boss, where it's almost the opposite. It is specified in scripts that guys take their shirts off all the time.
JULIANNA MARGULIES Is it really?
WASHINGTON The guys are naked all the time! And she has said to all the women on the show: "You want to do a love scene in a parka? You just let me know." So it's this weird, like, reparations moment where the girls get to do what they want to do and the guys get to do what they want to do, but they know what Shonda wants them to do.
CONSTANCE ZIMMER On UnREAL, we have two female leads, female showrunners and writers, and it's very driven toward us being empowered, which is definitely different. We can treat the men a bit like how we may have been treated earlier in our careers or just as women in general. It's fun to watch the tables be turned and to see the guys on set eating lettuce. (Laughter.)
SARAH PAULSON I've never been asked to play the [romantic] leading lady without having to be a blonde.

Are there parts you won't play or lines you won't cross as performers?
PAULSON Obviously not. I've done a lot of crazy shit on [American Horror Story]. I've breast-fed a 35-year-old. I've had two heads. So, there's really nowhere you go, "I will not do that … " (Laughter.)
REGINA KING I will not breast-feed a 40-year-old!
ZIMMER But saying no before the opportunity comes means you won't get the opportunity, so I tend to like to say: "Show it to me. If I can figure out a way to make it work, I'll always try." I mean, I'm not necessarily spreading my legs in front of a camera. I guess there's my line.
Are there parallels between what women like Anita Hill and Marcia Clark endured years ago versus what women endure today? 
WASHINGTON Yes is the short answer. (Laughs.)
What's changed and what hasn't?
PAULSON I think very little has changed. What's maybe changed is the fact that there's more of a conversation happening about it, but I don't know that there's been that much forward motion. I mean, I haven't had a female director on American Horror Story in the six years that I've been on the show.
DUNST That's crazy!
WASHINGTON But the commitment that [Ryan Murphy] just made is amazing. [Murphy has vowed to hire 50 percent women, people of color and members of the LGBT community for the directing slots on each of his TV projects going forward.]
Regina, in addition to two dramas, you're also directing. At this stage of your career, how are you deciding what to and what not to take on?
KING I've been working for quite some time, and I've been lucky enough and confident enough that I've been able to say: "I'm not signing any multiyear deals. We'll take it season by season." It worked out perfectly with The Leftovers and American Crime, and HBO and ABC both responded well, surprisingly. My agents were like, "You're sure you want us to go this route?"
MARGULIES That must be very freeing.
KING It is, especially because there are so many things that I want to do and that I'm developing. Look, I love to work, but I don't want to keep putting off the things that I want to do because I'm tied down.
MARGULIES That's the power, isn't it? Creating your own stuff. More and more women of every shape, size, color and age need to just start creating their own [stuff] — to make a door for ourselves to walk through.
-CCG







"I've always been fascinated by how much more well-behaved we have to be than men," says Lopez, as she and Washington join Julianna Margulies, Sarah Paulson, Kirsten Dunst, Regina King and Constance Zimmer.





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