At a press conference for her upcoming comedy, “The Boss,” actress Melissa McCarthy emphasized the need for more female filmmakers in Hollywood.
“I think it’s incredibly important,” she said. “If no one behind the camera, no one running it can really speak to, ‘that’s not what a woman would say,’ or ‘that doesn’t feel right,’ you don’t have that whole point of view. You’re just limiting the scope. You’re limiting your credibility.”
“I just think any time you mix it up, the world gets more interesting,” she explained. “You want to hear from somebody who’s a mom, somebody who’s 18 … if I get a group of people to listen to something and watch something, I certainly don’t want every single person to be the same exact type of person. You learn nothing from it because everybody has the same point of reference.”
McCarthy has never worked with a woman director for the big screen, so it’s heartening to hear her acknowledge the lack of opportunities given to female filmmakers and the effect this has on the films we see.