Kristen Stewart: Hollywood Is "Disgustingly Sexist"
"It’s so offensive it’s crazy," the 'Twilight' actress voiced in a recent interview with 'Harper's Bazaar UK.'
Kristen Stewart is the latest actress to voice her concerns about the prevalence of sexism in Hollywood.
In a recent interview with Harper's Bazaar UK, the Twilight actress addressed issues of gender inequality within the industry, saying, "Hollywood is disgustingly sexist. It’s crazy. It’s so offensive it’s crazy." She noted, "Women inevitably have to work a little bit harder to be heard."
Stewart added that fame can be "the worst thing in the world." "Especially if it's pointless," she said. "When people say, 'I want to be famous' ... Why? You don't do anything."
Stewart's comments come after Patricia Arquette made a passionate plea for wage equality and acknowledgment of women's rights during her acceptance speech at the Oscars in February.
At a UN Women conference in March, Arquette added: "Women make less than men for the same work in nearly every profession and industry, from entry-level positions to high-powered executives, no matter if you have a high-school diploma or a Ph.D. It's insidious, it's devastating."
Emma Watson also has rallied for gender equality in recent months as UN Women's global goodwill ambassador. "It is my belief that there is a greater understanding than ever that women need to be equal participants in our homes, in our societies, in our governments and in our workplaces," Watson has said. "They know that the world is being held back in every way because they are not. Women share this planet 50-50, and they are underrepresented, their potential astonishingly untapped."
In addition to addressing issues of sexism, Stewart got candid about the topic of filming sex scenes, which she revealed can get "grotesquely uncomfortable." "On Twilight, we had to do the most epic sex scene of all time. It had to be transcendent and otherworldly, inhuman, better sex than you can possibly ever imagine, and we were like, 'How do we live up to that?' " she said. "It was agony, which sucks because I wanted it to be so good."
She added that watching other women put themselves on display for audiences can be just as uncomfortable. Joked Stewart: "I just even question when a fairly established actress finally does a scene on a movie when she shows her boobs and she hasn't done it up until this moment, and maybe she only did it for the prestigious part, and it's OK for this time because it's classy, and I'm like, 'Oh, God, thank you for revealing to the world your treasure.' "