Anna Kendrick Slams Hollywood’s Gender Bias In New Interview

Anna Kendrick is calling out Hollywood’s gender bias in an interview with Glamour, pulling no punches with what she says is an equality issue that manifests itself in a variety of ways. From pay disparity to casting roles, Anna covers it all and is upfront and to the point with her feelings on the matter. Kendrick shares her frustration with gender bias in Hollywood, citing the lack of female-led movies in this year’s Oscar nominations.

In the interview, Anna tells Glamour, “All the films nominated [for a Best Picture Oscar] this year had male leads. Like, every single one. So I’m glad that [equality’s] feeling like a bigger issue now.”

Women in Hollywood in addition to Anna Kendrick have been speaking out about the unequal treatment of the sexes. Patricia Arquette, Charlize Theron, and Emma Watson are also joining in the call for not just Hollywood, but the entire nation, to pay men and women equally. Arquette spoke about equal pay in her Oscars acceptance speech.

Anna sees the gender bias in Hollywood manifest itself in other ways as well, sharing that female roles are often cast last.

“There’s [a film I’m considering] now where I have to wait for all the male roles to be cast before I can even become a part of the conversation. Part of me gets that. [But] part of me is like, ‘What the f**k? You have to cast for females based on who’s cast as males? To me, the only explanation is that there are so many f**king talented girls, and from a business standpoint it’s easier to find women to match the men. I totally stand by the belief that there are 10 unbelievably talented women for every role.”

Anna is a busy lady these days, promoting her new movie Pitch Perfect 2. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Kendrick is also set to release a book of essays next year, promising to write about topics people tend to avoid. Anna didn’t hesitate to talking about her upcoming birthday with Cosmopolitan magazine while at the Pitch Perfect 2 premiere in L.A. on May 8. Kendrick turns 30 on August 9, but Kendrick says she’s been pretending she turned 30 last year.

“I felt like when I turned 29, I was like, ‘Well that’s basically 30.’ So I’ve been sort of saying that I’m 30 for a year, so it’s gonna be an easy transition,” Anna said.

You can check out the interview with Anna Kendrick in Glamour’s June, 2015, issue and catch Anna’s latest movie, Pitch Perfect 2, on May 15.

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