In this exclusive preview for the LA Times and EPIX new original series “Hollywood Sessions,” Jessica Chastain (“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” “Interstellar,” “A Most Violent Year”), Jennifer Aniston (“Cake”), Emily Blunt (“Into the Woods”), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Belle”) and Shailene Woodley (“The Fault in Our Stars”) open up about being women in Hollywood. The women riff, joke, agree with each other and even come to the defense of one another.
When Times writer Rebecca Keegan tells Woodley how surprising it was to audiences that her emotionally-heavy role was a hit at the box office, Chastain rushes to respond and says it plainly. “It’s
not a surprise anymore, it’s a fact: women perform great in the box office.
Audiences want to see lead female characters.”
Though these actresses are at the height of their careers and are prominent in their field, they are not blind to the fact that other women in the industry don’t have the same respect and it affects the quality of female roles on screen. When asked what it would take to change the leading male dominance, Chastain says “we need female writers…we need more points of view from women.” Aniston adds that when a female writer is brought up to do a script rewrite, they’re passed over for “the big boys.”
So much to unpack in just three and a half minutes — we can’t imagine what the full series will reveal. The series will air on EPIX on December tonight at 8PM EST/PT and will be available on latimes.com/theenvelope, EPIX.com, EPIX On Demand and via the EPIX app.
Check out the preview below: