Too often females in Hollywood are reduced to their looks, while their male counterparts are praised on their acting. Kate Beckinsale is the latest actress to speak out on this issue when she recalled her messed up experience back in 2001.
The actress appeared on The Graham Norton Show and recalled how the Pearl Harbor director Michael Bay was more focused on his distaste for her looks than her acting ability.
“I don’t think I fitted the type of actress Michael Bay the director had met before,” she said. “I think he was baffled by me because my boobs weren’t bigger than my head and I wasn’t blonde. I’d just had my daughter and had lost weight, but was told that if I got the part, I’d have to work out. And I just didn’t understand why a 1940s nurse would do that.”
Kate also shared that when they were out with the press Michael would praise Ben Affleck and Josh Harnett on their acting skills, while it was her level of attractiveness that was commented on.
“And then, when we were promoting the film, Michael was asked why he had chosen Ben [Affleck] and Josh [Hartnett], and he said, ‘I have worked with Ben before and I love him, and Josh is so manly and a wonderful actor’. Then when he was asked about me, he’d say, ‘Kate wasn’t so attractive that she would alienate the female audience.’ He kept saying it everywhere we went, and we went to a lot of places.”
Kate is a stunning woman and a great actress. So why is it that her beauty is commented on rather than her acting? So many issues Hollywood!