It’s Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Awkwafina, Laura Dern, and Renée Zellweger’s turn to chat with The Hollywood Reporter for their annual Actress Roundtable interview.
The stars talk about the #MeToo movement and inclusion in Hollywood. Awkwafina says the film industry is becoming more representative of the country and world as a whole: “There is a genuine urge for audiences to want an industry that represents their life. That’s why I’m very positive about the direction that we’re going in.
“I don’t think that having people of different cultures or women will be a trend because I think that it’s what people want. We’re changing as a society”.
Nyong’o adds: “This is a time where there is a concerted effort to consider diversity and inclusion. What I really want is for it to not be a fad, not be a trend. Right now it’s really dope and cool and on trend to work with women and underrepresented groups but the moment of maturity in the industry is when it is just the norm, you know?”
The actresses also talk about #MeToo and the impact it’s had on the industry.
Zellweger says: “I hear the conversations and I’ve been in professional partnerships with men who make different choices now, even if it’s just to be clear about what their intentions are.”
Lopez continues, “They’re definitely more careful now,” as Zellweger states: “Yeah, they keep the door open. Or I had one gentleman say, ‘I don’t meet with women alone. I always make sure that there’s somebody else in here because I don’t want anything to be misconstrued or misunderstood and I want her to be comfortable.’ So you see that there are different choices being made.”
Lopez then discusses the time a director asked to see her breasts during a fitting.
The musician shares, “Because I was supposed to do nudity in the movie. He wanted to see my boobs. And I was like, ‘We’re not on set.’ And I said no, I stood up for myself. And by the way, there was a costume designer in the room with me. So there was another woman in the room and he says this and I said no. Luckily a little bit of the Bronx came out, and I was like, ‘I don’t have to show you my — No. On the set, you see them.'”