Reese Witherspoon believes more women-centric movies should be made in Hollywood because women consist of half of the world's population. The actress was speaking during a panel discussion at the Produced By conference in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Witherspoon looked radiant and chic in white shirt and a knee-length black floral skirt she chose to wear at the event. Not many people know that the Oscar-winning actress is also a producer and is responsible for some recent women-centric movies, such as “Gone Girl” and “Wild.” But the 39-year-old said that most Hollywood movies are not “meant for women.”
“The films we make aren’t for women, they’re not chick flicks,” she said during a panel discussion in Los Angeles, writes Variety. “Women make up 50 percent of the population, so we should make up 50 percent of the [roles and stories] in movies. It’s not a crazy thought, it’s just a representation of reality."
Witherspoon's husband, Jim Toth, asked her to read a few books and start making movies based on female characters. She and producer partner Bruna Papandrea are currently looking for fresh, female-driven scripts but they have a strong criteria. “If she’s the girlfriend or the wife, probably don’t send it to us,” said the actress. She is tried of reading the scripts that are “sort of diminishing” and where women have less role to play.
The actress, who will also be seen in the upcoming Disney movie, “Tinker,” believes that there is huge scope of improvement for opportunities for women in Hollywood. Her advise to women is to start “very, very young” as she believes that most women are deprived of the “critical internships when they’re 18, 19, 20." The best way to imbibe the art of making a movie or a television show is to be “standing on set,” said the actress.
According to the official website, the Produced By conference “showcases influential decision-makers in the entertainment industry who represent the best of the vibrant and diverse Hollywood creative community working in film, television, and digital.” Other notable stars present at the conference were Eva Longoria, Tyler Perry, and Kevin Smith.