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Portman ‘Frustrated’ by Lack of Strong Female Roles

As it turns out, Hollywood is still a male-dominated business.
By  · Published on February 12th, 2008

As it turns out, Hollywood is still a male-dominated business. If you want a female-dominated business, you have to go all the way to Chatsworth.

And while pitching for her new film, The Other Boleyn Girl, Natalie Portman lamented the fact that female roles are stereotypes of virtue or vice. Or they wear Prada.

“I’ve recently been getting frustrated. I don’t know if you’ve had this experience, but we’re probably seeing a lot of the same variety of what’s out there, but I mean the number of roles for strippers or prostitutes — or the opposite — which, is like, ‘She’s the moral center of the film! She’s the pure one. She’s the one that makes the man realize who he should be’, you know? That sort of dichotomy exists so strongly, it’s like the virgin/whore thing evident to the greatest extent. So that’s really been bothering me. Sort of finding a character who is complicated, like the women in this film, is very, very exciting. Also, I love comedies so much, but any kind of comedy the girl’s like ‘in fashion’ or she’s really into clothes, or like, she just wants to get married. Those are not values that I care to jump on the bandwagon of. I’d love to do a comedy. I’d love to do a romantic comedy, but you don’t find something where the woman has, like, a real job…. so yeah, it is frustrating, but I also don’t want to bitch about it.”

Our friends over at Cinematical have the full scoop.

Portman makes a great point, and, even though it’s a little lame to claim you don’t want to bitch about something while you’re bitching about it, she comes off really well spoken on the subject. I was trying my hardest to come up with something misogynistic to say, but she’s essentially claiming she wants more dynamic female characters. Who doesn’t want that?

I suppose this means she won’t be starring in Hitch 2, which will hopefully never be made anyway.

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