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Geena Davis Says Directors Treated Her Differently After Her 1989 Oscar Win

Geena Davis Says Directors Treated Her Differently After Her 1989 Oscar Win

Geena Davis is looking back at how things changed after she won her Oscar.

In a new interview, the 65-year-old actress said that she was treated differently by directors after she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Accidental Tourist back in 1989.

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“I didn’t ever think, ‘This is my magic ticket to doing everything I want to do,’ or, like, now I was at the top of the A-list or anything like that,” Geena recalled on the Allison Interviews podcast.

“I didn’t think of it that way, but I did unexpectedly feel a tremendous feeling of having accomplished something,” she continued. “I thought, ‘Well, I got that out of the way. I never have to wonder if I’m going to get one of these things.’”

Geena then recalled how two directors – whom she didn’t name – treated her negatively after she won the Oscar.

“I had two directors, after I won the Oscar, who I had a rocky start with, because they assumed that I was going to think I was ‘all that,’ and they wanted to make sure that I didn’t feel like I was ‘all that,’” Geena said.

She further explained, “Without having met me or having spent any time with me or anything, they just assumed I was going to be like, ‘Well, now no one is going to tell me what to do!’ I think maybe because I was a woman, the directors felt that way. And maybe it was even unconscious bias that they would maybe do it to a woman and not a man. But they didn’t want a woman to potentially cause them any problems.”

Geena added, “They wanted to make sure I knew my place, and maybe … it probably wouldn’t happen to a man.”

If you missed it, there was recently a big update on Geena Davis‘ divorce from ex Reza Jarrahy more than four years after their split.

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