As you’ve probably noticed, sexism in Hollywood has been a hot topic lately (case in point: the lack of superhero merch for female heroes like Black Widow). Now, Anna Kendrick is adding her two cents to the discussion by shining a light on a sexist practice you might not knew existed, but which she says is unfortunately quite common.
In a new interview with Glamour, the “Pitch Perfect 2” star spoke about the gender pattern by which roles tend to be cast. Specifically, she said she’s noticed that it’s almost always the male leads who get cast before their onscreen female counterparts, indicating that men are more important to a film than women.
"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," Kendrick said. "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?’”
We can only pray the reasoning behind this practice is as positive as Kendrick hopes it is. "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.”
The 29-year-old acknowledged it’s great that this issue is at least being talked about more. However, she did point out the frustrating lack of female leads among the crop of films honored at the Academy Awards this year.
"All the films nominated [for a Best Picture Oscar] this year had male leads," she pointed out. "Like, every single one. So, I’m glad that [equality’s] feeling like a bigger issue now.”
And in case you’re worried that the smaller selection of appealing female roles is making actresses more competitive with one another, Kendrick put the kibosh on that, insisting it actually has the opposite effect.
"If anything, it bonds you because we’re all dealing with the same problem," she said.
Luckily, female-centric films like Kendrick’s own “Pitch Perfect” — that don’t rely on male leads — are combatting the problem and giving us something to cheer for.