EXCLUSIVE: Virginia Gardner Explains Why the Time’s Up Movement Is “Long Overdue”
"I think things are starting to change"
Time’s up for those who think women aren’t funny, according to Virginia Gardner.
The 22-year-old, most known for her role as the sweet-faced Karolina Dean on Marvel’s Runaways, believes her fellow actresses can be just as funny as — nay, maybe even funnier than — some of the male comedians out there today. Playing one of three friends in Little Bitches, a female-centric coming-of-age flick, the actress tells Celebuzz! why she isn’t afraid of facing her critics — especially those who don’t believe women can thrive in the comedy world.
“Those people are just so ignorant,” she says. “Some of the most amazing comics of our generation are female.”
“I think things are starting to change,” she continues. “Of course, you’ll still get those ignorant a**holes out there who will say something like that. I think, hopefully over time with the Women’s March and the female empowerment movement going on right now, that people will start to take women more seriously.”
As a self-proclaimed “huge, huge supporter” of the Time’s Up movement, Virginia believes a cultural shift for women in Hollywood is “long overdue.”
“I’m really proud of our industry for being behind it,” she tells us of the recent changes that point a spotlight on the treatment of women and gender inequality. “I think it’s a really exciting time for women and I think a lot of the change is really powerful.”
“I’ve been really fortunate to have worked with people I really love,” she adds. “Hopefully, people will relax a little bit and have an open mind.”
For starters, she’s proudly taking back the word “bitch” in her newest movie, Little Bitches.
Also starring are iCarly alum Jennette McCurdy and Dope breakout star Kiersey Clemons, the film centered around three high school misfits who are dead-set on going to the end-of-the-year party before they head off to college. Between its multiple F-bombs and raunchy vag jokes, the comedy certainly feels like a feminine take on 2007’s Superbad.
“That’s how I’ve been describing it to people. I cannot agree more with that,” she says of the comparisons. “I think it’s definitely like a female Superbad.”
In fact, Virginia would like to see more female reboots of classic movies. With an all-female reboot of Ghostbusters already out and a Sandra Bullock-led Ocean’s 8 spin-off in the works, she has a few ideas on where Hollywood can go next.
“If instead of Men in Black, they can do a Women in Black…” she tells us, before trailing off. “That could be kind of fun!”