George Clooney & Viola Davis Talk Sexism In Hollywood

January 5, 2012 By:
George Clooney & Viola Davis Talk Sexism In Hollywood

Times are changing, but let’s face it. When it comes to getting older, women still have the a*s end of the deal. You know the adage: ‘Men age like wine, women age like milk.’ Thankfully there are stars like J.Lo to change that, one backup dancer at a time. Pave the way, J.Lo, pave the way.

George Clooney graces the cover of an upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly along with his longtime pal, The Help star, Viola Davis. In the mag, the two discuss the double standard that exists in Hollywood when it comes to aging.

“There’s this strange thing that’s happened over the last 25 or 30 years where there’s this decision being made that women aren’t able to carry the box office,” Clooney says. “Now, ‘Bridesmaids’ has proved that to be bullsh-t, and ‘The Help’ has proven it to be bullsh-it. But it’s much harder to get a film with a woman lead made. When a man hits 40 is when roles just begin to happen. And for women it doesn’t happen. I find that to be a very concerning issue.”

Viola discussed another form of Hollywood discrimination.

“Only one black actress in history has been back [at the Oscars] more than once, and that’s Whoopi Goldberg,” David said.

“But that’s only because there aren’t a lot of roles out there that are going to bring you back. Say if you have two great roles for an African-American actress in a year — one actress can cover it. So if there’s five really good black actresses out there, and that one actress gets it all, then the other four can sit for the next three years.”

Clooney also discusses what he’s learned from being behind the camera.

“I’m able to remove myself a little more and say, ‘I understand why he used this take instead of a take I thought would be better.’ Even things where people go, ‘You really nailed it,’ you go back and watch it and say, ‘Wow, I could’ve done so many different things.’”