It is an age-old problem in Hollywood – talented, accomplished women being asked sexist questions by the media like ‘Who are you wearing?’ ‘How do you stay skinny?’ and ‘Don’t you miss your children?’
But, recently, a host of actresses have decided to stand up to sexist interviewers and show they are more than just gender stereotypes.
This week, Orange is the New Black stars Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne and Samira Wiley (Crazy Eyes, Nicky and Poussey) shot down Brazilian reporter Rafael Cortez when he asked a series of bizarre questions.
Aduba was asked: ‘Don’t you think that in the series you really need a guy inside the prison with you, doing things that just one guy can be able to do?’
When she reminded the interviewer that there are lots of male characters in the show, he replied: ‘I’m talking about guys, men. Want to see my muscles?’
She said: ‘No.’
Lyonne and Wiley were then asked whether as beautiful women, it’s hard to act.
‘What, because of how beautiful we are?’ they asked.
‘Sometimes, on those days, you start to be angry, to be furious, you keep fighting with each other, on those days, is it hard sometimes?’ he continued.
Wiley said: ‘I think there are some stereotypes maybe, that women are, you know, very catty on set with each other, but that doesn’t really happen on our set.’
While Lyonne said: ‘I feel like it’s accidentally maybe a little bit mysoginistic, because it’s like "You’re so beautiful! What’s it like having to do all that acting?" I can’t tell if that’s the question, but if it is it’s insane.
‘Despite the great beauty on the show, everybody is, you know, professional and talented and very capable so I don’t think that anybody’s thinking about anything as meaningless as their beauty when they’re at work, or certainly at this show.’
Watch the cringe-worthy video below: