Harry Potter Star Emma Watson Calls Out Experiencing Sexism In Hollywood

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Emma Watson said that she has experienced sexism in Hollywood because she has been directed by male directors 17 times and only twice by women. Of the producers, the former Harry Potter star recalled that she has worked with 13 have been male and only one has been a woman.

The Regression actress revealed to The Guardian that when it comes to the dynamics between men and women in the film industry, the numbers are far off balance.

The 25-year-old Brown University graduate has championed for gender equality on far more than one occasion, including an appeal to the United Nations before she launched her HeForShe campaign, which has been described as a solidarity movement for gender equality encompassing both men and women. A year after it’s launch, the movement has gained a following of nearly 500,000 men worldwide, according to EOnline.

However, compared to other women who have been turned away simply because of their gender, whether as an actress or director, Watson admits she’s been lucky. “I have always insisted on being treated equally and have generally won that equality,” she explained.

People reported that the divide is most evident to Watson when she is off-set and finds herself behind a different kind of camera lens. Her main problem, she said, comes from “the media, where I have been treated so incredibly differently from my male co-stars.”

In related news, Ellar Coltrane, who starred in last year’s Oscar-winning drama Boyhood, has joined Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in The Circle, James Ponsoldt’s adaptation of the Dave Eggers novel, according to Hollywood Reporter. The cast already includes John Boyega, Karen Gillan and Patton Oswalt.

The 2013 book tackled privacy in the digital age and tells the story of a young woman (to be played by Watson) who is rising through the ranks of the Circle, a tech conglomerate that believes privacy is an outdated idea and seeks to open up people’s lives with its devices.

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