Tina Fey Says It's a 'Terrible Time' for Women in Comedy: 'The Boys Are Still Getting More Money for a Lot of Garbage'
Fey also spoke on the struggles actresses face as they age in Hollywood
Sisters star Tina Fey thinks women could still be doing better in the world of comedy.
In her March cover interview for Town & Country, the 45-year-old speaks candidly about creating comedies as a female, aging in Hollywood and her upcoming film, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Speaking on her recent press tour with writing partner Amy Poehler, Fey, revealed the questions the pair constantly get asked from media, adding that she doubts men get asked the same questions.
“Every single interviewer asked, ‘Isn’t this an amazing time for women in comedy?’ People really wanted us to be openly grateful – ‘Thank you so much!’ – and we were like, ‘No, it’s a terrible time. If you were to really look at it, the boys are still getting more money for a lot of garbage, while the ladies are hustling and doing amazing work for less,” Fey told the magazine.
The actress continued, telling the glossy that reporters also wanted insight on what she and Amy fought about, to which she quipped, “‘We fight about the same things Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg fight about. Do you ask them that question?'”
When she wasn’t talking about her groundbreaking moves in the film and television industry, Fey tackled the issue of aging in Hollywood. She told Town & Country, that although she’s understanding of the struggles of getting older in Hollywood, she doesn’t understand why young actresses try to prevent aging even before it happens.
“I choose not to do this,” she added. “It’s like wearing multiple pairs of Spanx: Good for you, not for me. Not mandatory.”
Fey also opened up about her new comedy, loosely based on journalist Kim Barker’s experience as a war reporter in Afghanistan. The film, set to debut on Friday, follows Fey’s character as she embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, reporting on war overseas.