Although she rose to fame as a model, she's delving into acting now and has a bunch of movies coming out. She just spoke to Time Out magazine about her film The Face of an Angel.
She dished out some quality insight on sticking to your values and how badly the film industry needs the point of view of women.
Did you ever think: I’ve done too much modelling, it will be impossible to become an actor?‘Oh yeah. The first time I did Fashion Week, I was like: Right, I might as well give up on acting because I’m screwed. And as soon as I became a model, I was being sent typecasting roles as the stupid blonde who gets killed really quickly, or the sexy girlfriend, or whatever.
Roles I would rather die than play. I was ready to give up on it. Or not give up, but take a break. When I finally got a serious role to audition for, I cried on the phone, I was so happy. Not even a film, just an audition.’
So it’s difficult as a woman in your twenties to get decent roles?‘Yes. And every movie I’ve done I’ve had to fight for lines and fight for point of view. Usually it’s a male director, male producers. It’s all very much a man’s point of view. I speak up and say “Girls don’t do that.” Or “That’s not something a girl would say in that situation.” It’s about how men perceive women and it’s not accurate, and it annoys me!
I don’t think people speak up enough. Even if I’m wrong, even if I get shut down, I know that I’ve done my part to get a woman’s voice out there. It’s important that when girls watch movies they’ve got strong female role models.’I love it. "Even if I’m wrong, even if I get shut down, I know that I’ve done my part to get a woman’s voice out there." So true! She's a reminder that we need to speak up and create a more gender balance inside the industry and on screen.
I know that not all women are in a position to turn down jobs that may not reflect who they are or what they want to create, but she is in that position, and is rightly using it help create change. I once got into an argument with a guy about the need for more women behind and in front of the camera, and he was saying stuff like "it doesn't matter who makes art." That's bullshit. It totally matters. Learn more about movie stats.
Here is a reminder of the stats on gender in film: