Emma Watson Calls Out Sexism in Hollywood By the Numbers

Emma Watson is no stranger to gender equality advocacy.

Since being named U.N. Goodwill Ambassador and introducing her HeForShe campaign at the U.N., Watson has become one of the leading voices in Hollywood who actively works toward lessening the gender gap in an array of areas.  

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Watson contributed to a discussion on sexism in the film industry.

The actress backed her experience with sexism in the industry with numbers to highlight the inequalities that exist for women in front of the camera.

Though Watson expressed her gratitude for her treatment as an actress in front of the camera, she revealed that the situation is quite different when she and other women become a free-for-all topic at the mercy of the media. Watson expressed that she was treated so incredibly differently from her male co-stars.

"I have experienced sexism in that I have been directed by male directors 17 times and only twice by women. Of the producers I've worked with 13 have been male and only one has been a woman," she said.

Surprisingly enough, Watson notes the irony that some of the most feminist minds that she's worked with in the industry are men.

"Some of the best feminists I have encountered are men, like Steve Chbosky who directed me in 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower,' and director James Ponsoldt who I am working with at the moment [on 'The Circle']," she shared.

Watson's work as a global ambassador has also opened up her eyes to the gender breakdown in industries outside of Hollywood as well — including the U.N. 

"I went out for a work dinner recently [for the U.N.]," Watson said. "It was seven men ... and me," the actress revealed.

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