What Female Stars, From Reese Witherspoon to Sally Field, Really Want to Discuss on the Red Carpet

Filmmaker and the Representation Project founder Jennifer Siebel Newsom (“Miss Representation,” “The Mask You Live In”) feels that women have much more to discuss at events than simply the designer of their dresses. So, in 2014, she launched the #AskHerMore campaign, encouraging reporters to ask actresses substantive questions that address more than just appearance.

Variety polled some famous female awards season vets on which questions they’d be most intrigued to answer on the red carpet.

Reese Witherspoon:
“What is the greatest female story that has not been told?” or “What do you do when you feel scared of a scene or a part?”

Gabourey Sidibe:
“What’s your favorite music to listen to on the way to a red carpet? Do you have a fight song that helps to pump you up to feel like a superstar on the carpet?”

Mandatory Credit: Photo by James Shaw/REX/Shutterstock (5591757ap) Gabourey Sidibe 'Grimsby' world film premiere, London, Britain - 22 Feb 2016

Sally Field:
“Is there one ingredient or essence that has stayed with you from a particular character, that became a part of you, or was already within you? If so, what was it?” or “When you look back upon the most gratifying moments and achievements in your life, how do you think nominations and awards will rank?”

Mandatory Credit: Photo by John Salangsang/BFAnyc.com/REX/Shutterstock (4818380bc) Sally Field Sundance Institute Celebration, Los Angeles, America - 02 Jun 2015


Taylor Schilling:
“What are you reading right now?” or “Are there any performances that have particularly influenced you — now or growing up?”

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstock (5125627nn) Taylor Schilling 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, America - 20 Sep 2015

Rosario Dawson:
“How do you feel about doing red carpet interviews? Do you feel pressure to answer in a certain way?”

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Manuel Romano/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock (4848784f) Rosario Dawson 61st Taormina Film Festival, Sicily, Italy - 13 Jun 2015

Jennifer Siebel Newsom:
“What social cause are you most passionate about and why?”

Mandatory Credit: Photo by JSSImages/BEI/BEI/Shutterstock (939549r) Jennifer Siebel Newsom 6th Annual Inspiration Awards, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, America - 05 Jun 2009 The Step Up Women Network held its 6th annual Inspiration Awards in Beverly Hills today. Step Up is an organisation dedicated to strengthening community resources for women and girls. Through teen empowerment programs for underserved girls, women's health education and advocacy, professional mentorship and social networking opportunities, Step Up ensures that women and girls have the tools they need to create a better future. A host of women turned up to support and celebrate the lives and achievements of other women at the annual awards ceremony. Honourees included "Desperate Housewives" star Marcia Cross.

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