By Kelsey Duchesne
Amy Adams, an Oscar nominated actress/woman who has officially #had #it, gave us all a big dose of real during the Hollywood Reporter Actress Roundtable discussion.
When the topic of the gender gap in Hollywood came up during the discussion, Adams was quick to respond to moderator Stephen Galloway. "Who you should be asking is the Producer Roundtable. 'Do you think minorities are underrepresented? Do you think women are underpaid?' We are always put on the chopping block to put our opinion out there, and that question is never asked. I’m like, 'Why don’t you ask them and then have their statements be the headlines in the press?' I don’t want to be a headline anymore about pay equality."
You read that right-- Adams rightly forwarded the question over to the producers and filmmakers who play a part in the hiring process, but rarely get asked about this subject. Actors and actresses who get asked about diversity and gender equality in Hollywood typically end up giving some version of the same general answer, and it becomes news. While speaking out is important, the men and women actually making these decisions should be held accountable, too.
Actress Taraji P Henson, a fellow participant at the roundtable, was quick to back up Adam's statement. "That's why I changed what I was saying," Henson said, "because they expect it. 'Do you think it's hard for African-Americans?' 'Oh, yes.”
"I think the real question should be asked of the people who make those decisions," Adams responded.
Let’s stop asking actors these questions, who can often only go off of their personal experience of salary negotiation and expressing their disappointment in the deep-rooted race and gender issues of Hollywood, and ask the Wizard Of Oz characters who are running the show but doing it behind a screen. It’s about time they made a headline.
To read the transcript and watch clips of the roundtable, read the Hollywood Reporter article here.