Reese Witherspoon was honored at Glamour’s 2015 Women of the Year Awards for her work as a producer with her company Pacific Standard as well as her business Draper James. During her acceptance speech, she got in a few jabs at Hollywood.
Reese said she hopes to produce comedienne Amy Schumer’s life story as well as the other honorees.
I hope, Amy Schumer – and all the other incredible nominees – that you’ll give me the rights to your biopic first. Although, Amy, I’m five years older than you, so I’ll probably have to play your grandmother in the movie, by Hollywood standards, and you’ll probably have to play your own mother.”
That is SO true. It’s incredible the casting decisions that are being made in the 21st century.
Reese said she relied on advice from her mother.
My mother, a very strong Southern woman, said to me, ‘If you want something done, Honey, do it yourself.'”
She said that when people tried to discourage her from making films that centered on women, she had a ‘Legally Blonde’ moment.
Like Elle Woods, I do not like to be underestimated.
“Films with women at the center are not a public service project. They are a big-time, bottom line-enhancing, money-making commodity.”
She cited her films ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Wild’ as two examples of successful projects.
Ladies and gentlemen, I think we are in a cultural crisis in every field, in every industry. Women are underrepresented and underpaid in leadership positions. No wonder we don’t have the healthcare we deserve or paid family leave or public access to early childhood education. And that really worries me. How can we expect legislation with our rights and needs being preserved if we don’t have equal representation?
“I believe ambition is not a dirty word. It’s just believing in yourself and your abilities. Imagine this: What would happen if we were all brave enough to believe in our own ability? To be a little bit more ambitious? I think the world would change.”
Those are some very wise words.
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