Jessica Chastain on Gender Equality in Hollywood: 'Sometimes You Can Feel Like a Sexual Object'
Jessica Chastain is getting real when it comes to gender equality in Hollywood.
In the latest issue of Porter magazine, the Crimson Peak actress shares her thoughts on the issue.
“When you have both genders represented, then you have a healthier point of view,” Chastain, 39, says. “You don’t feel a hierarchy; you don’t have anyone feeling like they are being left out or bullied or humiliated. Sometimes, being the only girl on a set, you can feel like a sexual object.”
When it comes to gender equality, this isn’t the first time Chastain has let her voice be heard.
“There’s no reason why (an actress such as Jennifer Lawrence) should be doing a film with other actors and get paid less than her male co-stars,” the Martian star said. “It’s completely unfair. It’s not right. It’s been happening for years and years. I think it’s brave to talk about it. I think everyone should talk about it.”
In effort to raise awareness, Chastain – along with Hollywood hotshots Queen Latifah, Frieda Pinto and Juliette Binoche, along with Ziyi Zhang and Twilight director Catherine Hardwick – recently formed a new non-profit organization dedicated to women empowerment called We Do It Together.
The organization hopes to finance and produce various types of content that is specifically targeted at empowering women.