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Jessica Chastain Advocates for More Gender Balance on Sets

Jessica Chastain and Holly Hunter praised female directors during Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” series.

“I didn’t experience anything different in terms of working with a woman to working with a man,” Chastain said. “For me, filmmaking isn’t gender specific, which is why we need more women in filmmaking, because women can do it too, right?”

In her experience, Chastain said, even the atmosphere is different when women are in charge.

“When there’s more balance on set in terms of more women on the crew, more women in positions of power — it’s just a healthier set to be on,” she said. “Everyone’s happier. It’s a great place to be.”

Working with females also provides an added layer of comfort, Chastain said. “Perhaps they make more room for women because they know it’s been difficult for them to get to where they are — and they’re not intimidated,” she said.

Hunter pointed to Chastain’s upcoming movie, “Molly’s Game,” for having an “inherently female” quality.

“‘Molly’s Game’ had something that was female, not fetishizing of you,” Hunter said, to which Chastain agreed, adding, “There was no shots of the camera going up my leg.”

The seventh season of Variety‘s “Actors on Actors,” presented by Google Home, will air from Jan. 2 to Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. on PBS SoCal KOCE.

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