Emma Thompson Says Sexism in Hollywood Is Worse Than Ever

"I think it's still completely shit actually."

Emma Thompson
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Emma Thompson is not impressed with Hollywood. The 56 year old, who plays a 77-year-old prostitute in her new film The Legend of Barney Thomson (see the awesome trailer below), has *things* to say about the pressures on women in Hollywood and how they've changed since she started acting as a young woman. (Spoiler alert: Nothing has really changed.) 

"I think it's still completely shit actually," she told Radio Times (opens in new tab). "I don't think there's any appreciable improvement and I think that for women, the question of how they are supposed to look is worse than it was even when I was young. So, no, I am not impressed at all."

She also admitted that the fact that she plays a character 20 years her senior is a bit ridiculous. "It would be really nice to get someone who is actually 77 to play her, but it's a wildly comic role and I couldn't resist," she says.

"When I was younger, I really did think we were on our way to a better world," Thompson continues, "and when I look at it now, it is in a worse state than I have known it, particularly for women, and I find that very disturbing and sad."

Hear hear.

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