Lake Bell may be a woman, but she's tired of people assuming that her gender is the most important thing about her.
Bell, star of TV series "Children's Hospital" and the film "In A World...", did an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit on August 6th. She spoke about her experiences on the other side of the camera -- Bell directed and wrote "In A World..." and directed three episodes of "Children's Hospital" -- and expressed her frustration with the presumption that her experiences are defined by her gender.
It is our responsibility as women to take on hurdles with grace. And the most graceful way to address your dreams is to just do them. I saw an interview with [real estate mogul] Zhang Xin where the interviewer asked what she was thinking about as she entered a room filled with male suits, and she laughed and then blankly said "I just don't think about it."
And I think the simplicity of that conceit is really powerful, because I share that feeling that we shouldn't feel victimized as women, we should just go about our business and mentor and look up to both men and women: if they are doing what you aspire to do, they should be an inspiration to you regardless of gender.
Bell echoed these sentiments in an interview for BuzzFeed in May:
I think I’m eager for the moment to arise when the story is less "What does it feel like to be a female director?" I hope the story soon becomes "I either liked your movie or I didn’t, let’s talk about your movie.’"
Sounds good to us.