United we stand, divided we fall. Sexism is nauseating power structure that is alive and well in Hollywood, but by talking about their experiences with misogyny actresses are diluting the stigma of being manipulated and abused by powerful men in change. Alison Brie is one such actress, who at the ATX Television Festival shared her experience with sexism at an audition for an episode of HBO’s Entourage:
“It has not changed that much. The audition process has not changed that much…early in my career, I auditioned for three lines on an episode of Entourage that I had to go on in a bikini! Or like shorts and the tiniest shorts. And [the producers] were like, ‘Okay, can you take your top off now?’ “
I wish I could say I didn’t assume the worst and thought the producers asked Brie to take off her bikini top, but I have no illusions about the underbelly of the entertainment industry. I was relieved when Brie clarified they wanted her to take off her T-shirt, but it doesn’t make the experience any less disgusting.
Brie has quietly amassed an impressive body of work over the last decade, having played the unctuous Pete Campbell’s delightful wife Trudy in the Golden Age of Television classic Mad Men (2007-2015) and ingénue overachiever Annie Edison in NBC’s Community. She also while carved out some film cred in films such as Kings of Summer (2013) and Sleeping With Other People (2015), and has finally landed a well-deserved leading role in Netflix’s women’s wrestling series G.L.O.W.
While painful and unfair, one’s shitty life experiences are the things you remember and draw upon to make life better for those coming after you, but should not be dwelled upon. Brie’s successes are a testament to this fact (and it must be satisfying to know your career is better than the those of the entire Entourage cast combined).