The 26-year-old actress spoke to Geena about the film festival she launched and what it’s like to bring up tough issues in the industry. Check it.
Emma on realizing the gender disparity in media: “I didn’t realize that I wasn’t moving in a gender-equal world—I had a sense of it, but I didn’t start to really see evidence of it, I think, until I hit puberty. Media even before that age is already creating all these biases.”
Geena on bringing the issue up in the industry: “I knew a lot of people, so I’d say, ‘Have you ever noticed how few female characters there are in kids movies?’ when I met a director, a producer, whatever… Then they would name a movie with one female character as the proof that things had changed.”
Geena on launching the Bentonville Film Festival: “It’s to champion women and diversity in all media, so TV, movies, eventually, digital, whatever you get into… It’s the only film festival in the world where the prizes are guaranteed distribution… So if you win one of the categories, your film is going to be in theaters, on TV, digital, and on DVD.”
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