Brit Marling and Issa Rae discussed the struggle to “find interesting roles for women in Hollywood” during a chat for Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” series.

Marling said she often felt morally conflicted about taking on archetypical roles.

“They were the things you could find as open-call auditions,” she said. “You know, usually horror films, usually the character has a name with a number in it, like Girl 3. And you would go and you read for it, and even as you’re sitting in the parking lot, being like, ‘I think that was good,’ you’re also thinking, ‘God, if I got this role, what would I feel about young women watching this portrayal of a woman yet again?’ And at some point I started to just feel actually a moral imperative to write — that there was no way to be an actress in the way I wanted to be if I didn’t teach myself to write.”

Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” Season 6, presented by Shutterstock, premieres June 13 on PBS SoCal.