Jessica Chastain has called for Hollywood to be more ”inclusive” in all aspects.
The ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ star wants to work in a movie industry that doesn’t discriminate between genders or races and she believes the victims who have come forward recently about being sexual harassed in Hollywood will go some way to making the industry a better place to work in in the future.
She told Entertainment Tonight: ”When you think about the industry, you know, encouraging people to stay closeted … not showing stories of women with their own agency and leading their own stories, and also, actually, ignoring many groups, many demographics in our country … for me, that’s not an industry that I actually want to be a part of.
”I think it’s more than just about gender. It’s about everything in this industry. I mean, this industry, we’re very quick to separate ourselves from the current administration, or things that are going on in the world. I want to be a part of an industry that is very inclusive. One that teaches empathy, and the only way you do that is, you learn about someone who doesn’t look like you. And I think there’s a generation of artists that that is their goal.”
And the 40-year-old actress had previously urged for there to be a ”transformative social change”.
She explained: ”I’m making a video because my heart is very heavy. I’ve learned so much the past few days about the trauma many people are experiencing in our country. I’ve had the opportunity to listen, more than to speak, and it’s really hard for me to express my feelings, my thoughts, in 140 characters. I wanted you guys to know that I hear you. I want you to know that I’m committed to creating transformative social change, that I’m committed to dismantling systems of oppression. I share in the sense of what is happening in the country.”