Patricia Clarkson is through listening to male actors complain — so much so that she told The Guardian just that.
According to the Huffington Post, while Clarkson was speaking to The Guardian about her new film, Learning to Drive, she also decided to discuss the inherent sexism in Hollywood.
“There are still so many movies made starring 50 men and one woman!” she told The Guardian’s Benjamin Lee. “A white male actor should never be allowed to complain about anything. Shut up and sit in the corner. I mean, seriously!”
Although most films feature a predominantly male cast, as Clarkson pointed out, she said she is excited to see the forthcoming all-female reboot of Ghostbusters. The Huffington Post explained Clarkson’s feelings on the pressure put upon female-centric films this way:
“When asked whether she was worried about the pressure surrounding the film and its performance at the box office, Clarkson acknowledged the harsh microscope it has been put under that projects spearheaded by women so often are.
‘Men make bad movies that bomb all the time but they’re like, ‘Oh, well, we didn’t do the marketing right,’’ she said. ‘Eat me!'”
Clarkson continued her takedown of the entertainment industry, calling out the dearth of complex roles available for older women, says the Huffington Post.
“These archetypal older women in movies can sometimes make my skin crawl … It’s about the one dimension, it’s about the lack of any texture,” she told The Guardian.
Clarkson’s multiple points are not unfounded. According to Indiewire, the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film and the Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative of USC found that women held only 29 percent of major film roles in 2014 and were a mere 12 percent of protagonists on screen.
Further bolstering her point — Indiewire reports that females over the age of 40 comprised only 30 percent of all female characters in 2014.
Between Clarkson’s first-hand experience and the numerical data, it’s safe to say that it’s time for a change in Hollywood.