Reese Witherspoon, Patricia Arquette, Laura Dern, Felicity Jones, Julianne Moore, Amy Adams and Hilary Swank got together for the magazine’s third annual roundtable of actresses with the Hollywood Reporter.
Witherspoon didn’t choose words when the group started the topic of the commentary about Renee Zellweger’s appearance. “It’s horrible.
It’s cruel and rude and disrespectful, and I can go on and on and on. It bothers me immensely. I know this is so Pollyanna of me, but why – and it’s particularly women – why do they have to tear women down? And why do we have to tear other women down to build another woman up?
It drives me crazy. Like, this one looks great without her makeup but that one doesn’t look good without her makeup, and it’s all just a judgment and assault that I don’t – look, men are prey to it as well. I just don’t think it’s with the same sort of ferocity.”
– Witherspoon told to The Hollywood Reporter. These young women were in some of the best films in 2014, and they also talked about the dearth of interestingfemale roles and about the nude photo hackings that happened in Hollywood earlier this year.
“I feel really strongly that there’s nothing deviant about two lovers sharing sexual intimacy. That is normal. It’s been happening since the beginning of time. Through any different medium. We had paper. Before that, we met behind the bush. You know?
What is deviant is when a community decides that they can break into your sexuality, steal that from you, insert themselves, observe your private sexuality … I feel like we’re teaching our children social values.” – Patricia Arquette said about the photo hacks.
Arquette discussed the hacked photos and she said that she encountered much victim-blaming, especially from the women who said that the actresses who have taken the photos in the first place were “stupid”.”That society thinks it’s okay, that it’s their fault – that’s deviant.
That’s what we’re teaching our kids, that if somebody messes up or does what they want in their private life, they’re stupid and you can, basically, communally molest them,” she continued.
Arquette also commented Jennifer Lawrence’s conversation with Vanity Fair from October, about her feelings with the invasion of privacy: “Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory.
It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world.” – Lawrence said one month ago.”Anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re perpetuating a sexual offense.
You should cower with shame. Even people who I know and love say, ‘Oh, yeah, I looked at the pictures.’ I don’t want to get mad, but at the same time I’m thinking, I didn’t tell you that you could look at my naked body.” – Arquette added.