Marion Cotillard: ‘I Don’t Qualify Myself as a Feminist’

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According to the Oscar winner, the movement “creates separation” in Hollywood than levels out a playing field for both men and women. In a recent interview with Porter magazine, Cotillard, 39, says she doesn’t identify as a feminist for such reasons.

“Film-making is not about gender. You cannot ask a president in a film festival like Cannes to have, like, five movies directed by women and five by men,” she says. “For me, it doesn’t create equality, it creates separation. I mean, I don’t qualify myself as a feminist. We need to fight for women’s rights, but I don’t want to separate women from men.”

She continues, “We’re separated already but we’re not made the same and it’s the difference that creates this energy in creation and love. Sometimes in the word feminism there is too much separation.”

However, the definition of feminism, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.”

While Cotillard believes there’s “much separation” due to feminism, actresses like Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, and Maggie Gyllenhaal are still being discriminated against by the industry because of their gender. During the infamous Sony hack, it was revealed that Lawrence and Adams made significantly less than their male co-stars in American Hustle despite receiving top billing. Meanwhile, Gyllenhaal revealed that, as a 37-year-old, she was considered “too old” to play the love interest of a 55-year-old man.