Speaking to British GQ, actress and fashion model Charlize Theron revealed one of the major problems with being a “pretty” actress.
"Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them and that’s the end of the story. How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, f***ing, gown-wearing 8-foot model? When meaty roles come through, I’ve been in the room and pretty people get turned away first,” Theron stated.
The “Mad Max: Fury Road” star claimed that people who are physically fit for a certain role are eventually the ones who land it, and thus, pretty people lose out when it comes to strong roles in movies. However, “Princess Diaries” actress Heather Matarazzo seemed to strongly disagree with Theron and made it obvious with a tweet.
Um............. I'm going to WHOLEHEARTEDLY disagree, based on years of experience. https://t.co/tJAPSmhaCT— Heather Matarazzo (@HeatherMatarazz) 5 April 2016
Matarazzo has previously written a piece titled “What the F*** is F******e” where she has talked about her own struggles with landing roles in movies, and being turned down just because she wasn’t pretty enough. She holds strong the opinion that people have an easier time at landing roles, or even generally at life, when they are good-looking.
Regardless of who is right and whether being in the movies is easier for pretty girls, one cannot deny the fact that being in Hollywood is a rather tough task. Although it might seem like being in the industry is all about glam and luxury, renowned actors and actresses face several problems.
Jennifer Lawrence has often talked about sexism and the gender pay gap in Hollywood. In an essay for Lena Dunham’s weekly newsletter she discussed how being a woman in Hollywood was extremely difficult since men are usually given an edge over their female counterparts.
“All I hear and see all day are men speaking their opinions, and I give mine in the same exact manner, and you would have thought I had said something offensive,” Lawrence wrote.
Recently, producer Ross Putman set up a Twitter account to reveal how women’s roles were described in scripts and how sexist writers get when writing out lines for a female.
JANE leads a yoga class on the quad. Her stomach is flawless as she does a bridge.— Ross Putman (@femscriptintros) February 28, 2016
JANE does her makeup in front of the bathroom mirror. She is tall and strikingly attractive with a dazzling smile we’ll get to see later.— Ross Putman (@femscriptintros) February 21, 2016