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Why the Female Lead in Pixar's "Inside Out" Is Important

Pixar's "Inside Out" hits theaters Friday!

The movie stars a young girl named Riley, who is moved from the Midwest to San Francisco. That's when her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – have to figure out how to navigate a new city, house and school.

Pixar has been widely known for its gender problem. That's why it's important that they made this movie about a girl. Almost all of Pixar’s movies feature male leads. "Brave" was the first Pixar movie to break the mold with a female lead.

According to a study by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media, women make up over 50 percent of the U.S. population, but only about 25 percent of characters in kid's media.

Riley will be portrayed by the voice of Actress Kaitlyn Dias. The cast also includes superstar comedians such as Amy Poehler playing Joy; Mindy Kaling playing Disgust; and Bill Hader playing Fear.

Hader joined AOL's BUILD series on Monday at AOL headquarters in New York to discuss the movie and his career. You can learn more about the movie and his career in the video above.

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