Anne Hathaway opened up about Hollywood’s gender inequality in a new interview with Elle magazine.
The actress, who’s starring in the upcoming “Ocean’s Eight” (an all-female spinoff of the “Ocean’s” trilogy), told the magazine, “Hollywood is not a place of equality. I don’t say that with anger or judgment; it’s a statistical fact.”
Hathaway continued, explaining what it meant to film “Ocean’s Eight” with a main cast comprised of women.
“Even though I’ve been in some female-centric films, I’ve never been in a film like this,” she said. “It just kind of makes you aware of the ways you sort of unconsciously change yourself to fit certain scenarios. It’s not better or worse or right or wrong, but there are certain things you understand about one another because of experiences you have in common … it’s probably easy for men to take that for granted. Just being on a set where I’m the one who possesses that ease is really something. It’s a nice alternative narrative.”
In the issue, the mother-of-one also speaks about the challenges and inequalities many working mothers face regularly. Hathaway got real about America’s parental leave policies, a topic she discussed in a powerful speech at the UN on International Women’s Day.
“I can’t believe we don’t already have it,” she told the mag. “When [my son] Johnny was a week old and I was holding him and I was in the ninth level of ecstasy, I just all of a sudden thought, ‘Mommy guilt is invented nonsense.’ We’re encouraged to judge each other, but we should be turning our focus to the people and institutions who should be supporting us and currently aren’t.”
For more from Anne’s interview, head over to Elle.