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Actress Marion Cotillard Has Some Suprising Words On Feminism and Film

Actress Marion Cotillard Has Some Suprising Words On Feminism and Film

Gender equality has been well-disputed over the past year or so, especially among women in the entertainment industry. 

While many have spoken out on the blatant sexism and gender disparity that happens off-camera, some Hollywood stars aren't too quick to jump to agreement.

French actress and leading lady of Dior, Marion Cotillard expressed in recent interview with The Evening Standard her reluctance to identify with 'feminism'.

"Filmmaking is not about gender. You cannot ask a president in a festival like Cannes to have, like, five movies directed by women and five by men."

Cotillard went on to elaborate that gender disparity in the film industry "creates more separation."

She went on to say "for me it doesn't create equality, it creates separation. I mean, I don't qualify myself as a feminist."

Though she resists the label of feminist, Cotillard was quick to say she is a believer and fighter for women's rights.

"We need to fight for women’s rights but I don't want to separate women from men. We're separated already because we’re not made the same and it’s the difference that creates this energy in creation and love. Sometimes in the word feminism there's too much separation.”

Despite Cotillard's problem with the word feminism, her expressed notions of equality are not far fetched from the familiar feminist narrative taking place in Hollywood when it comes to actresses receiving less screen time, less award recognition, and lower salaries than their male counterparts.

Read the full interview here

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