The issues of diversity in film and TV is something that we’ve talked about many times here at Pride Life. We’ve not only discussed the representation of LGBT characters on the silver screen, but also equality for women both behind and in front of the camera.
According to film star Hailee Steinfeld, the portrayal of women on the big screen is improving, with female characters who are essential to the plot becoming easier to find.
When discussing the prominence of female characters, Hailee said to the BBC: “Female characters are beginning to have more of a say in the meaning of the film. They’re not just a love interest or a sidekick or a best friend.”
Hailee is probably most well known for her Oscar nominated performance in True Grit, which she did at just 13 years old. Now she is 19, and has noticed a bit of a shift in the roles she is being offered.
She said: “It feels like these female characters are more empowering and they’re more meaningful and they have important things to say that need to be heard. For me, anyway, it’s a movement that’s been happening for a while and I’m lucky to be a part of it.”
Of course, there has been a lot of discussion recently about the lack of female characters, as well as female directors and producers, especially within the male dominated Hollywood space. Hailee’s comments come fairly swiftly on the heels of words from Emily Blunt, who spoke about the shortage of strong female characters in Hollywood.
Emily said when speaking to Vogue: “There’s such a shortage that when they do arise there’s a bit of a feeding frenzy among my peers. I would prefer that we actually go in a direction of producing and creating more jobs for women in the film industry as opposed to talking about it.”
What are your thoughts on the amount of female characters in Hollywood, and on TV? There is certainly a shift towards more representation, as there has been with LGBT characters, but both TV and film do still feel very male centric.