An interesting interview with the ageless Jennifer Aniston in the latest “In Style” magazine, which touches on the interpersonal culture of the movie industry and the battle of the sexes in Hollywood. Including this:
Molly MnNearney: …Dumplin’ [Aniston’s new movie] is written, produced, and directed primarily by women. The leads are all women. The timing is perfect for such a film.
JA: Yes, lots of great women in front of and behind the camera. All extraordinarily qualified. This wasn’t because it was mandatory; it wasn’t because of a movement. They’re a part of this movie because they are exceptionally talented. Rachel Morrison was our DP on Cake and the first woman nominated for best cinematography [for Mudbound] at the Oscars. She’s a badass. We need to find more women like her and give them the opportunities. It’s like mining for gold. We shouldn’t be shoving female directors and producers down each other’s throats because we have to. Then we’re making those decisions from a place of fear.
MM: Have you ever been sexually harassed in the workplace?
JA: I’ve definitely had some sloppy moves made on me by other actors, and I handled it by walking away. I’ve never had anyone in a position of power make me feel uncomfortable and leverage that over me. In my personal experience I’ve been treated worse verbally and energetically by some women in this industry.
Hollywood does not seem like a nice place to live and work, particularly if you are a woman. As we have discovered during the #MeToo controversy, all too many men treat women like one of the perks of their job (not that the existence of the casting couch or sleazy producers has come as a big surprise) – and all too many women treat other women as competition. This is not just a “movies thing”; anyone who has worked in business or politics can attest to the phenomenon. The difference is that the world of business (and to a lesser extent of politics) don’t lecture the great unwashed like the entertainment industry does from the dizzy moral high ground of Hollywood Hills.