In a wide-ranging interview with Latina Magazine, Michelle Rodriguez proves yet again that she’s one of the gutsiest actresses in Hollywood by calling out the film industry’s skewed vision of “strong women.” The solution? More women’s voices, of course. But that means the female movers and shakers have to do their part:
There is this sexualized strength [in the movies], which isn’t real. It’s a guys version of what a strong woman should be. It’s either this tomboy who acts like a dude, which I’ve played for a grand majority of my career, or she’s this completely dripping-wet-with-sex creature…. [It’s just not believable that] there’s this individual just oozing sex with their outfit and attract[ing] everything that walks. It’s just weird.
I just feel like more women need to get in there and tell stories. If you look at the statistics, it’s sad [that] 30 percent of women in the industry aren’t inclined to give a female perspective of the story. And I’m talking about women who are heads of studios, I’m talking about producers, I’m talking about actresses, I’m talking about directors. There are 51 percent of women in the United States, which means there are more women than men. And only 30 percent of [women in the film industry] get to talk about what it’s like to be a woman? I think that’s sad. I think it’s pathetic. I look at the market and I’m like wow, that’s a lot of space, we need to get in there.