Rose McGowan is claiming that her agent dropped her last week after the actress publicly discussed a sexist casting call for an Adam Sandler film.
McGowan posted this tweet with a photo of the offensive casting call note to social media on June 17:
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, McGowan said
that “The part that made me laugh was where it said, ‘Make sure you read the script so you understand the context of the scene. That was the part that made me laugh the hardest.”
Yesterday, McGowan tweeted her acting agent’s response to her outburst.
"I just got fired by my wussy acting agent because I spoke up about the bullsh*t in Hollywood. Hahaha. #douchebags #awesome #BRINGIT," she posted.
But this isn’t the only instance of sexism that McGowan has experienced with her agents. During the interview with EW, McGowan said that when she signed up for her first film at age 17, her agent promptly told her that she would need to have long hair “so men in this town would want to f*** me and hire me.”
Although McGowan claimed that she was “not trying to vilify” Sandler himself, she still wanted to make a point about the egregious objectification and casual sexism actresses face in Hollywood on a day-to-day basis, according to EW.
McGowan also said that she has temporarily turned her back on acting and is instead focusing on being behind-the-camera as a director for "Dawn," her short film that soon will be screened at New York’s Lincoln Center.
“Women — and the way women look at each other and feel about themselves — are at the core of my work,” McGowan told i-D in an interview
. “I was looking back on my own career and I realized that I was turned into a commodity, and one that I didn't participate in or sell very well. I felt very uncomfortable about making myself into that commodity.”
McGowan’s disgust against Hollywood sexism follows in the wake of Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren’s outrage following fellow actress Maggie Gyllenhaal’s admission that filmmakers considered her, at 37, to be too old to play the love interest of the film’s 55-year-old lead actor.
“And ‘twas ever thus,” Mirren told The Huffington Post U.K.
“We all watched James Bond as he got more and more geriatric, and his girlfriends got younger and younger. It’s so annoying.”
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