Matt McGorry is currently living every actor's dream by working on TV shows produced by Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan. They are two of Hollywood's biggest powerhouse successes, and they also happen to be women, which means the discussion about their work spotlights their role as pioneers in a male-dominated field. But McGorry is looking forward to a time when that's no longer part of the conversation.
McGorry stars in "How To Get Away With Murder" and "Orange Is The New Black" -- both shows with a tremendous amount of racial and gender diversity. The actor told HuffPost Live's Ricky Camilleri on Oct. 30 that there is "absolutely" an inherent sexism in the way the media talks about Kohan and Rhimes, as demonstrated most recently by an ill-conceived piece lauding Rhimes' success as a "angry black woman."
These "growing pains," McGorry explained, hopefully contribute to an important cultural evolution.
I have faith in humanity, but I also think that people can't skip this stage of it. I think that to get to the ideal stage of it, where we don't have to talk about it being a woman or a black woman and this and that, it has to go through this stage, because there's a lot of people who don't understand ... what it should be. That shift is growing pains, I think -- things that should be avoided, hopefully, but also I think something that is a sign things are moving toward the right path.
See McGorry's full comments on sexism in the video above, and click here for the full HuffPost Live conversation.
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