Following on from the last blog, Gemma Arterton, 24 year-old British ex-Bond girl has recently complained that Hollywood was not taking her talents as an actress seriously. "I've nearly walked off very big films before," she stated while promoting her new Stephen Frears movie, Tamara Drewe. "And I would, too, because I don't want that [being hired for her looks not her talent] in my life."
She is not alone. She follows in the footsteps of veteran actresses like Raquel Welch and Marilyn Monroe; and more recently, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston and Lindsay Lohan. Marilyn Monroe's famous quote "Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and 10 cents for your soul", still rings true today.
Hollywood female celebrities have complained about the issue for decades. Today, the movie industry adopts a politically correct stance, known as 'The Coalition for Age Fairness'; which promotes equality and diversity. Despite this, the majority of movies are centred around an attractive white male hero, with at least one young female beauty adorning his side.
I can see why some actresses complain about how they are treated in Hollywood. Females are known to earn less, have less choice and have shorter careers (age) than their male counterparts. In the last 10 years, over 70% of all Hollywood acting parts, and 86 per cent of starring roles, were giving to men. Of the roles that went to females, only a measly 9 % went to women over 40.
"I don't think it's sexism," says British director Rod Lurie. "Hollywood will do what it takes to make money. They aren't taking a principled stand against women. They just don't see the audience going there."
For those who achieve Hollywood stardom, money and fame await; at a far greater level than most would have accomplished without it. This my be the reason why some Hollywood actresses are happy with the the status quo.
"None of it really bothers me," says 24-year-old Transformers star Megan Fox. "I don't know why anyone would complain about being a sex symbol. That's what our purpose is in this business. You're merchandised, you're a product. You're sold and it's based on sex".
Opting for a career in Hollywood is no different from any other career, in the sense that if you want to enjoy the benefits, you must must be willing to accept the negatives; at least until you can change things from within.