Wherever you happen to be reading from this morning, you should be able to hear me.
In this unbelievable age where everyone is talking about disparity, but we still seem to be frozen in the status quo, a few of our
fellow favorite females are refusing to sit quietly. This is how change happens, with what may feel like small steps forward — and these ladies are in just the right position to keep things moving.
We haven’t seen Kate Winslet in what seems like forever, but when she makes an appearance…uh, WOW, does she ever:
Promoting her latest film — The Dressmaker — at TIFF, Winslet discussed working with director Jocelyn Moorhouse, and not worrying about labels or age differences.
“I felt very excited to work with Jocelyn as a woman, because you don’t get to work with many female directors because there aren’t that many of them. So I was very excited by that, and I’m proud of how predominant the female voice is behind the creative side of this film.”
She wouldn’t necessarily call it a feminist film, rather — a “fucking cool” story with a strong woman who happens to get revenge. Asked what she thought about the age difference between herself (Winslet’s 39) and co-star Liam Hemsworth (25), here’s La Winslet’s awesome response:
“Isn’t that great, he’s about five years old?
“It didn’t really occur to me actually at all, I really didn’t know how old he is, I truly didn’t. I think it’s all about how you feel alongside that person, I didn’t particularly feel as though he was particularly younger than me or I was older than him. I felt more experienced than him in terms of career and in terms of the amount of years that I’ve been doing it for in comparison to him, but I didn’t feel uncomfortable or that or awkward at all. I didn’t have a sort of fist-pumping moment of hey look at me with the younger actor. I didn’t feel like that. He was the right person for the role.”
While Hemsworth admits he might have been worried in the beginning because their characters were supposed to be the same age, he noted that “…onscreen — Kate is such a beautiful woman and I have a beard in the film so I look quite a bit older, so I don’t think it’s an issue at all… She looks really young and I look weathered and old.”
Indeed, from the promo shots and the trailer, they do look around the same age.
(p.s. Sarah Snook and Judy Davis!)
Meanwhile, Sienna Miller (High Rise, Mississippi Grind, American Sniper) told Marie Claire and Vogue that after playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret, she turned down another Broadway role when she found out she was being offered a pittance of her male co-star’s pay.
“It was a play with just two of us on stage and I was offered less than half of what he was going to be paid. If it was two men, it wouldn’t probably happen. Sad, but I walked away.”
“The producer wouldn’t pay equally. He wouldn’t pay me within a million miles of what the male actor was being paid. And women always have to do more publicity than the men. The only way is to make a stand. We are going to have to make sacrifices to make change. I want to turn up and feel dignified.”
Nicely done, and a