In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Emily Blunt, aka, Pajiba’s Favorite Human Who Isn’t Involved with Hamilton, Emily Blunt spoke the good word on likability politics. And it will make you like her even more than you already do.
“With so many movies, women are held to what a man considers a feminine ideal,” says Blunt, sipping a soy cappuccino. “You have to be pretty. You have to be ‘likable,’ which is my least favorite bloody word in the industry. Rachel isn’t ‘likable.’ What does that mean? To be witty and pretty and hold it together and be there for the guy? And he can just be a total drip?” That Blunt herself seems extremely likable as she says all this only underscores her point.
Her character in the upcoming The Girl On the Train isn’t particularly likable. The best ones usually aren’t.
Blunt had more to say about the gender roles pervasive in Hollywood and society in general.
For her, the novel and film offer a needed rebuke to long-embedded double standards that shape the way we talk about women. “A woman is a drunk, a whore, whereas the guy’s like a partyer, a player,” the actress says. “I’ve been around both women who drink too much and guys who drink too much and it’s just as ugly on the guys. It makes me crazy. I don’t think that women should be seen as any less sexual than a guy. And maybe she doesn’t want to settle down, and that’s OK. And maybe she doesn’t want a kid, and that’s OK. And she’s just happy playing the field. There’s so much judgment with women.”
If it feels like the concept of a woman being “likable” has come up a lot lately, GOOD FOR YOU, you’ve been paying attention. Being a woman comes with some serious bullshit and cheers to Blunt and all the woman who’ve had enough of it.