In this edition of “Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter,” host Stephen Galloway invites the year’s top Best Actress Oscar contenders — Jennifer Lawrence, Brie Larson, Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett, Jane Fonda, Helen Mirren, Charlotte Rampling and Carey Mulligan — to chime in on life in Hollywood and what it means to be an actress in the dog-eat-dog world that is the entertainment industry.
Over the course of the hour-long discussion, the actresses converse about their personal hangups of being involved in the acting community, whether it be the discrimination and sexism they face on a daily basis or the inevitable butterflies one can’t seem to shake when shooting their first sex scene. The actresses each take turns talking about their motivations, what drew them into acting and why they continue to work in such a competitive and exhausting field.
Jennifer Lawrence comes into the discussion with both poignancy and unwavering confidence as to the reasons she does not focus on starting a family. Others like Helen Mirren and Kate Winslet mention their desire to be able to play male roles, such as Hamlet. “I’d love to play Hamlet.” states Winslet, to which Mirren adds,”There’s always male roles I want to play. I’m so annoyed when I watch movies and go, ‘That could have been played by a woman…”
Readers watch the fully uncensored interview above or over at The Hollywood Reporter website.