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Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, & A-List Stars Discuss Being a Woman in Hollywood

Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, & A-List Stars Discuss Being a Woman in Hollywood

Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Mary J. Blige, Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney and Saoirse Ronan are all featured on the cover of THR‘s annual dramatic actress roundtable issue.

Here’s what the stars had to share with the mag:

Jennifer, on being “punished” for standing up for herself on set: “Sometimes — I’ve had this happen: I finally made the decision to stand up for myself, and then I went to go to the bathroom at work and one of the producers stopped me and was like, ‘You know, we can hear you on the microphone, you’ve been really unruly.’ Which was not true, but basically my job was threatened because the director said something fucked up to me and I said, ‘That’s sick, you can’t talk to me like that,’ and then I was punished, and I got afraid that I wasn’t going to be hired again … I was called difficult and a nightmare.”

Jessica, on why things in Hollywood need to change: “You know what [Sorkin] said to me the other day when we were talking about what’s going on in the industry? He said that he was talking to his daughter, Roxy, and saying, ‘Listen, when you go into the workforce, if a guy grabs you or does something with you, you can scream, you can fight back.’ And she turned to him and said, ‘Dad, why are you teaching me to defend myself and not teaching those guys not to be creeps?’ The onus isn’t on women. Society has a way of blaming victims: You didn’t come out soon enough or you’re not asking for enough money. But the onus is on others not to abuse their power.”

Allison, on the pressure to look perfect: “For I, Tonya, I got to do this old-age makeup, and I was like three hours in this makeup, and then I saw myself and I was like, ‘Oh, my God, this is fantastic. I don’t have to worry about my jowls.’ It was so freeing to go and work on a part that I didn’t care what I looked like. Even seeing it, I was like, ‘Oh, God, I can watch myself because I look so awful.’”

For more from the stars, visit HollywoodReporter.com.

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  • Vanity

    Mary J Blige is an A-lister.. since when?

  • meme

    The A-Listers her are Jennifer, Emma and Jessica. The other three are NOT A-List movie stars. I believe JLaw made up that story.

  • meme

    Since NEVER.

  • Vanity

    FFS, 2 words affirmative action.

  • meme

    maybe she’s great in this Mudbound movie but until then, she’s a wannabe movie star.

  • jh7058622

    Why are you so triggered by a magazine cover?

  • Ram

    u mad?

  • 777

    Troll

  • Jimmy Hauser

    Boohoo. The poor little privileged princesses have to actually do some work.

    Someone needs to take all these big-mouthed hollywood dunces, and show them the REAL problems that REAL people in the REAL world have to deal with.

  • Jimmy Hauser

    Hey Jessica, you should also ask why we train police officers to defend themselves when we should be training the criminals to put their hands up and not attack police officers.

  • 777

    Sorkin is a known misogynist so i cal BS.

  • Vanity

    so me questioning something equates me being triggered? people have to earn things in life. she hasnt as far as acting. do I really need to explain that?

  • Vanity

    one role doesn’t mean she’s a great actress. well not in my eyes anyway.

  • Vanity

    oh yeah Im boiling over it..

  • meme

    nope, not in mine either.

  • 777

    They aren’t calling her an A-list actress, they called her an A-list star.

  • Vanity

    to be fair they are calling them all A-list star = A-lister = A-list Actress. its not rocket science.

  • 777

    Not really. MJB is an A-list, as a singer.

  • Vanity

    lol, she’s on the cover because of a movie. Not her singing talents.

  • 777

    Doesn’t matter, she’s still an A-lister in the entertainment business. Also, It’s JJ that called them A-listers, not THR.

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  • Vanity

    thats subjective. I dont look at MJB & say oh wow she has so much celeb power. maybe in your eyes.. but not so much in the bigger picture.

  • jh7058622

    Ergo triggered.