Heather Graham is taking a stand. The Californication actress, 44, recently spoke to Esquire.com and sounded off on what she sees as pervading sexism in the movie industry.
Asked about her recent run of "sexy mother roles" in projects including Petals on the Wind and Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, Graham commented, "I'm just glad to be working. I'm not actually a mom in real life, so it's fun to pretend to be one. I like to approach things the same in art as in life. You can choose to look on the positive side and enjoy whatever roles you're given. You can find the silver lining in anything."
"I'm not saying the movie business isn't sexist," the actress continued to Esquire.com. "It's totally sexist. If you look at all the movies being made these days, eighty percent of them are about men."
"There's not much I can do about it," the Boogie Nights star said, resigning herself. "It's a sexist world and a sexist industry. But I've been very lucky as an actress, to work as much as I have and as consistently as I have. And when you don't see the kind of stories out there that represent you, you have to make them yourself."
Graham, who recently reprised one of her most famous roles with a cameo in The Hangover: Part III, is hardly the first actress to comment on sexism in Hollywood. Girls star Lena Dunham spoke out at March's SXSW festival, commenting on women getting typecast and saying about her own limitations, "There's no place for me in the studio system."
Cate Blanchett took the public platform of the 2014 Oscars to make her voice heard. "Those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films, with women at the center, are niche experiences," the Australian star said in her acceptance speech for the honor of Best Actress. "They are not—audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people."
Olivia Wilde also chimed in, saying at a panel in Februay, "It's really hard to get stories made that are about women—not just women being obsessed with men or supporting men. And it's really hard to get men to be a part of films that are about women in a leading role."