Emma Watson on Sexism in Hollywood: 'I Have Been Directed by Male Directors 17 Times and Only Twice by Women'
Emma Watson notes that sometimes women can be "just as guilty" as men for being sexist in Hollywood
Emma Watson is calling out Hollywood on the subject of sexism – by numbers.
Watson, who has never been shy about expressing her distaste for the unequal treatment of women in the film industry, has broken down the number of female directors she’s worked with in her career to highlight the inequalities that exist for females working in movies.
“I have experienced sexism in that I have been directed by male directors 17 times and only twice by women. Of the producers I’ve worked with 13 have been male and only one has been a woman,” Watson, 25, told The Guardian, in an article that includes testimonials from women in film about how they’re treated in Hollywood.
However, compared to other women who have been turned away simply because of their gender, whether as an actress or director, Watson admits she’s been lucky.
“I have always insisted on being treated equally and have generally won that equality,” she explained.
Instead, the divide is most evident to Watson when she is off-set and finds herself behind a different kind of camera lens. Her main problem, she said, comes from “the media, where I have been treated so incredibly differently from my male co-stars.”
Even when the Harry Potter actress launched the HeForShe campaign – aimed to motivate men and boys to push to end gender equality – at the UN last year, she couldn’t help but notice the lack of women surrounding her.
“I think my work with the UN has probably made me even more aware of the problems. I went out for a work dinner recently. It was seven men and me.”
But perhaps the worst problem in the industry is the sexism that occurs between women who are “just as guilty” of standing in the way of progress. She notes the irony that some of the most supportive feminists she knows are in fact men.
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“Some of the best feminists I have encountered are men,” crediting directors Steven Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and James Ponsoldt (The Circle).
She concludes: “Some women can be incredibly prejudiced against other women!”