The Harvey Weinstein scandal cast a shadow of doubt over the future of the film but The Hollywood Reporter‘s roundtable issue might just be enough to restore our faith in the industry. Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, Rachel Weisz, Nicole Kidman, Regina King and Kathryn Hahn all star on the publication’s latest cover in a strikingly feminist statement.
Decked in different shades of powerful red, Close is pictured in a berry-hued suit while Lady Gaga’s cold-shoulder dress drapes across the floor.
If the image alone isn’t enough to conjure up feelings of empowerment, the industry’s leading women stand beside the headline: “Strength in Vulnerability”.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) November 28, 2018
In the roundtable interview, the actresses opened up about the major influences on their career, life choices they have made and how Hollywood has changed amid the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.
Weisz spoke candidly on the issue of actresses being asked to play ‘strong woman characters’ in the hope of ticking feminism off the agenda.
The 48-year-old told the magazine: “I have a real problem with the idea of ‘strong women characters’. Well, does that mean we have muscles or something? No one ever says that to a man.”
“But [I want] young girls growing up [to] see stories being told where a woman takes a central role. Where she is not peripheral to the story. She’s driving the story, and so, you as a kid can go, ‘Oh, that’s me. I can identify’.”
Meanwhile Regina King spoke about the role she would love to play in the future.
“A Joan of Arc-type character,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “Someone in history that wasn’t black but I thought was a pretty amazing woman… wouldn’t it be fantastic if I did play Joan of Arc?”
Unsurprisingly, the cover has taken social media by storm as Twitter users took to the digital platform to praise the shoot:
REGINA! GAGA! RACHEL!
— Cam (@directedby4) November 28, 2018
— uma pocsissima star is born⭐ (@najasjenner_) November 28, 2018
Gaga is looking so good! 😭😍❤
— Thomas. (@HausOfThomas01) November 28, 2018
— JEAN 💔 (@cyrushallow) November 28, 2018
Though the cover has also sparked criticism, with some readers outing the publication for its lack of representation.
Love how y’all always find one black person to drop in these pictures in a sea of white women and then claim diversity! Y’all are sickening!
— imagine that (@toxicberry) November 28, 2018
Couldn’t have found more than one WOC? Or is that the quota for THR? This is just embarrassing.
— not.my.president (@cooler_ranch) November 28, 2018
This is very white.
— 🌙 (@lavenderbl0d) November 28, 2018
After a New York Times exposé accusing Harvey Weinstein was published over a year ago, a number of women accused the former film mogul of sexual assault and harassment.
The call for change spread to Hollywood, as A-listers have continued to campaign against abuse within the industry through the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.
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