Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Hilary Swank, Julianne Moore, Felicity Jones, Patricia Arquette and Amy Adams are some of the main Oscar contenders this year. They just sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about their careers, privacy, Jennifer Lawrence and the photo hacking, as well as Renée Zellweger critics. Read on to find out what the actresses had to say!
One of the biggest stories this year was the nude photo hacking scandal. Alleged nude pictures of Lawrence, Kate Upton, as well as many other celebs were posted online in August. Then in September, more Lawrence photos were posted online, along with photos of celebs like Vanessa Hudgens, Kim Kardashian.
When they sat down with THR the actresses talked about the photo hacking. Arquette revealed, “I feel really strongly that there’s nothing deviant about two lovers sharing sexual intimacy. That is normal. It’s been happening since the beginning of time. Through any different medium. We had paper. Before that, we met behind the bush. You know? What is deviant is when a community decides that they can break into your sexuality, steal that from you, insert themselves, observe your private sexuality. And what really disturbed me — I ended up in a lot of Twitter battles with people about it — is, I feel like we’re teaching our children social values. I had a lot of women write to me that [the hacked actresses] were stupid to take those pictures to begin with. Victim-blaming — we have a long history of that. And, of course, someone who has a long-term relationship — three months that [Lawrence was] away [from her boyfriend], they’re going to share their intimacy with their partner. That society thinks it’s OK [to hack the photos], that it’s their fault — that’s deviant. That’s what we’re teaching our kids, that if somebody messes up or does what they want in their private life, they’re stupid and you can, basically, communally molest them.”
Dern revealed, “My boundaries are clear about how I want to live my private life. How I want my children to be protected. The privilege of having a community of friends who do deal with the Internet celebrity and their intimacy being exposed or invaded, they help me define everything. ‘Oh my God, I just came out of the mall and they’re taking pictures of my kids! Is that right? Should they be able to take pictures of my kids?’ That I can call you guys and go, ‘What do we do about this? And should we be doing something? And how do we protect our children?'”
Here’s a photo of the women on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter.
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Another big story this year was the change in appearance of Renée Zellweger. This was brought up to the women, and they gave their thoughts on the topic. Witherspoon revealed, “It’s horrible. It’s cruel and rude and disrespectful, and I can go on and on and on. It bothers me immensely.”
Jones added, “What’s sad is when people start to self-censor and start not doing certain things because they’re worried what X or Y is going to think about it.”
Witherspoon then said, “I know this is so Pollyanna of me, but why — and it’s particularly women — why do they have to tear women down? And why do we have to tear other women down to build another woman up? It drives me crazy. Like, this one looks great without her makeup but that one doesn’t look good without her makeup, and it’s all just a judgment and assault that I don’t — look, men are prey to it as well. I just don’t think it’s with the same sort of ferocity.”
Arquette then revealed a fight she had with a paparazzo. She revealed, “He kept following us. And I said, ‘OK, leave us the f— alone.’ And he goes, ‘Nice, mom! Good job!’ I said, ‘I’m teaching my daughter. If a man is following you and you tell him to go away and he doesn’t, you turn around and say, ‘F— you!’ as loud as you can.’ Because there’s no difference. I don’t care if he has a camera.”
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Plus, to read the entire interview, check out The Hollywood Reporter.