Most actors dream of never auditioning again. They fantasize about not having to sit in waiting rooms, experiencing an Emma Stone in La La Land moment, surrounded by carbon copies of themselves. They pray for the days of being free of the whims of distracted casting agents, hack directors, and pig-headed producers who toss out sexism during auditions like dogs pissing on another dog's piss.
Thus, for female actors, there's even more incentive to reach the dizzying heights of being "offer only" - avoiding sexism. The entertainment industry is rampant with skeevy encounters and gross dudes using their leverage to put young hopeful women in compromising positions. In the 2010s, a strong contingent of actresses began speaking out against entertainment industry sexism and their past experiences with it.
Many an actress has experienced the institutionalized sexism that runs rampant in the industry, especially when they were just starting their careers. Many of them lost out on acting jobs because they failed to comply with the creepy requests of a leering dude behind a camera or desk. But it probably wasn't a great loss, because look at where they are now!
Check out all these famous actresses talking about Hollywood sexism and let's all bemoan the sad state of the entertainment industry.
Former actress and current Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Lisa Rinna lost out on a role at age 24 because she refused to give it up to the producer. Rinna told PopEater:
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“I lost a role on a BIG TV series because I wouldn't bend over a chair in a producers' office for ‘just a quickie.’ […] ‘Just pull your panties down and bend over and the role is yours’ he said to me.”
British actress Thandie Newton was taken advantage of as a teenager, while getting her career off the ground. As quoted from CNN:
"'There was one horrific incident where I went back for a second audition,' she said. 'The director asked me to sit with my legs apart; the camera was right positioned where it could see up my skirt.'
Newton said the director told her to 'put my leg over the arm of the chair, and before I started my dialogue, think about the character I was supposed to be having the dialogue with and how it felt to be made love to by this person.'"
Newton later found out the director had been showing the footage at parties.
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You'd think no one would try and mess with ass-kicking, Atomic Blonde star Charize Theron. Wrong. Theron told Marie Claire she was invited, at age 18, to audition at a casting director's house on a Saturday night:
"He was in his Hugh Hefner pajamas; I go inside and he's offering me a drink, and I'm thinking, 'My god, this acting stuff is very relaxed.' But it soon becomes very clear what the situation was. I was like, 'Not going to happen! Got the wrong girl, buddy!'"
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During 2017's Hollywood Reporter Comedy Actress Emmy Contender Roundtable, Emmy Rossum spoke up about one of her worst audition experiences. She regaled her fellow actresses with details about a cringe-inducing phone conversation:
"My agent called me and was like, 'I'm so embarrassed to make this call, but there's a big movie and they're going to offer it to you. They really love your work on the show. But the director wants you to come into his office in a bikini. There's no audition. That's all you have to do.'"
Even if you're offer-only, you still have to go through the sexism ringer it seems. Worst of all, Rossum recalled her character never appearing in a bikini in the script. When one of her fellow comedians pointed out Rossum is naked regularly on Shameless, so her body is available for all to see, she replied, "He wanted to know if I was fat now. That was basically the question."
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