Before we get to my favorite time of the year (Emmy roundtables!) The Hollywood Reporter has served up an interesting conversation starter with their “Women in Motion” series at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The first one is between Salma Hayek and Matthias Schoenaerts followed by Frances McDormand. They are both fascinating chats about women on screen and the current climate talking about limitations and how they circumvent those with the projects they choose.
The chat with Salma Hayek is one I referenced when discussing Maggie Gyllenhaal’s remarks last week regarding her age (this story is both a total “of course” moment and shocking all at once). Hayek mentions some equally ‘holy shit’ and sadly not surprising comments she has received about her accent and appearance. She also discusses how she got Ugly Betty picked up in her role as producer and what her theory is to get executives to pay attention (the short answer is money but you should watch the whole thing to get Hayek’s take on it all).
Becoming a producer is also one route Frances McDormand has taken with the incredible HBO mini-series Olive Kitteridge (which she also played the titular role in) as her first producing credit. McDormand talks about this process and one thing they tried to get her character Olive to do. Money is also a big topic of discussion here too and for McDormand she has found that cable networks are where these kinds of projects are getting made.
If you have the time to watch both in full then it is totally worth it for so many reasons. But especially if you like hearing smart women talking candidly about their experiences in the entertainment industry. McDormand also dives into the box office debate regarding Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road which is also excellent. Just picture me drawing hearts around Salma Hayek and Frances McDormand.
For more from The Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Motion” series head here.