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Kerry Washington, Regina King, Jennifer Lopez, Kristen Dunst and more cover The Hollywood Reporter

by Tasharna Brown-Taylor Monday, May 30th, 2016

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Jennifer Lopez, Constance Zimmer, Julianna Margulies, Kerry Washington, Kirsten Dunst, Regina King and Sarah Paulson cover the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter’s Actresses Roundtable issue.

In the magazine the seven ladies talk about their careers, being seen as a diva, doing nude scenes, network fights,  the industry and many more.

Read the highlights from the interview below:

Jennifer, on being called “a diva”:

“I got a moniker of being ‘the diva,’ which I never felt I deserved — which I don’t deserve — because I’ve always been a hard worker, on time, doing what I’m supposed to do, and getting that label because you reach a certain amount of success …Or even sometimes I felt crippled to voice my opinion, especially because certain directors and the boys’ club that they form can make you feel like, “Oh, I can’t say anything.” I was always fascinated by how I could see [a man] being late or being belligerent to a crew and it being totally acceptable; meanwhile, I’d show up 15 minutes late and be berated. And you watch this happen over and over and over again. Like, we’re not allowed to have certain opinions or even be passionate about something, or they’ll be like, ‘God, she’s really difficult.’ It’s like, ‘Am I? Am I difficult because I care?’”



Kerry, on things she felt that she had to fight for:

“It’s something I made a choice not to fight for at Scandal because I really like the dynamics of our cast and the way we interact with the writers and producers as is, and I didn’t feel like it was something that I needed there. But Confirmation was a different story because I was part of that from the very beginning, before we had a script. I was on as an executive producer, and I said to my co-producers, “If you want me on as a vanity producer, I’m not interested in doing this project with you. I have real opinions and passionate ideas about how this is supposed to go.”

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Regina, on what her acting roles have taught her about herself:

 “Every project I’ve worked on, as a whole I’ve learned something — not so much that the character that I’m playing has taught me something, but the people whom I’m working with or the story that’s being told has taught me something about people. With American Crime, it was that so many people think that black people can’t be elitist, that a black elitist doesn’t exist. I’m just surprised how many people are so shocked that Terri [the well-to-do, strict mom to basketball player Kevin, played by Trevor Jackson] actually exists. I’m like, you don’t know a Terri? I could show you three. “

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Sarah, on becoming defensive of her character Marcia Clark in The People vs OJ Simpson:

 “And he said something similar to Sterling K. Brown, who plays Chris Darden, and we both were like, “Motherf—er, get out of my face.” We have to play this thing, first of all, and I don’t agree with that assessment of her at all. It made me very angry, but a lot of the stuff about Marcia Clark makes me very angry. And I was guilty of it myself. I was 19 when the whole thing happened, and I was decidedly self-interested, wanting to be an actress, and I was not focused on the case in the way that some people were and certainly not on changing my opinion or whatever the narrative about Marcia Clark was. I was letting myself believe what was being told to me by the media. I didn’t question it. So now when I look back at it, I just wonder why people weren’t rallying around her and why she didn’t have a support system from other women saying, “Why are we talking about how short her skirt is and her bad hair?” She told me a story about how some of the court reporters would run after her with some concealer and say, “Just please put a little on.” And she was like, “I do not care about that. There is a man I believe to be guilty, I would like to see justice done.”

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Constance, on roles she won’t play:

“But saying no before the opportunity comes means you won’t get the opportunity, so I tend to like to say: “Show it to me. If I can figure out a way to make it work, I’ll always try.” I mean, I’m not necessarily spreading my legs in front of a camera. I guess there’s my line.”

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Kristen, on what drew her to TV:

“Because [Peggy is] a total nutcase. You don’t read roles that are inspiring in that way. I got to do so much more in that TV show than I have in a film in so long. It was the most challenging thing I ever did. I remember my friend Lizzy Caplan, who’s on Masters of Sex, being like, “Get B12 shots, you’re going to be exhausted.”

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Julianna, on the Producer’s Guild not accepting her as a producer:

 “I didn’t have to fight to get it from my showrunners; they were thrilled because the writers room was in Los Angeles so I was their eyes on set. It was the Producers Guild that gave me a hard time. To try to prove my job to them in order for them to accept me as a producer? I still don’t think I’m in the Producers Guild, and it’s been three years.”

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Read the rest of the discussion here


Photo credit- Ruven Afanador


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