Earlier in the day, the 34-year-old actress attended a one-on-one interview event where she opened up about the lack of representation of women in films.
Click inside to check out what Jodie shared during the event at Cannes…
“I want to make my life about not only working with incredible directors, but working with women, working with women of color, using the opportunities that I have to give opportunities to people where the industry is being gate-kept to them or [who] are not being given the level of respect they deserve when they are extremely talented,” Jodie shared during the Women in Motion talk.
She continued on, saying that many will use an excuse like “‘there aren’t that many female directors.’ [But] The reality is there are very many talented female directors but, again, when you don’t have the opportunity and you’re not given the opportunity, then that door isn’t opened for you and so then it’s like, suddenly, ‘Oh where are they?’ But they haven’t been allowed in.”
Jodie added that she notices how few people of color are working behind-the-scenes on a movie set.
“When you make casting choices and you hire actors of color in something, you have to hire people who know how to do their make-up, who know how to do their hair, who know how to light them properly,” she says.
“All of these things also have to feed it. You have to hire producers who understand their needs and who understand what kinds of stories we’re trying to tell and how to honor those stories so that you don’t end up with things that feel like tokenism or strange stereotyping or just leaving out people and excluding them. So many times, it’s like, we are going to tell a story that involves Black people, but there are no Black people in the writers’ room, there are no women in the writers’ room. There’s so many different elements of it. And all of those things mean money [to hire] the people that are necessary.”
If you didn’t see, Jodie had to file a police report at the festival. See why here…
FYI: Both of Jodie‘s looks she wore are Gucci.
Check out 20+ pictures inside of Jodie Turner-Smith at the Kering Women in Motion event…