Male actors should help win equality for women in Hollywood by volunteering to take supporting roles for female leads, Rosamund Pike has said.
The British actress said men must be willing to play “second fiddle” to their female co-stars, deciding to take a step back from their usual leading roles.
Saying it all-too often seemed that men were unwilling to give a female character greater on-screen prominence, she argued real change in the industry would come from actors themselves.
Speaking on Radio 4’s Film Programme, Pike, who is currently starring in Hostiles with Christian Bale, said men were currently more likely to accept a supporting role only if another man was leading the film.
“Male actors now have to decide that they are willing to play supporting roles to female leads,” she said.
“And often it seems men don’t want to,
“They’re more than happy to play a supporting role to Christian Bale – another man – [but] less happy to play supporting roles to a lead woman.”
Referring to recent publicity about gender inequality in the film industry, Pike added: “Many, many actors are coming out saying we want more female-driven stories, we want fantastic roles for women.
“So the next consequence is, if you want those to come, then the boys have to play second fiddle.
“That’s just the way it is. Until that happens, there will be fewer films with female leads made.”
In 2016, The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film found that the number of female protagonists in hit films had reached an all-time high, with 29 per cent of the top 100 grossing films being led by a woman.
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