It may be the 21st century, but it’s become painfully apparent that nearly every female actor in Hollywood has experienced some degree of sexism, harassment, body-shaming or sexual assault during their time in the industry.
However, while we’re all too aware of the gender pay gap and the lack of opportunities for women in Hollywood, misogyny is even more dangerously prevalent behind closed doors.
We’re talking, of course, about the infamous Hollywood “casting couch”.
Under the guise of “constructive feedback”, women have been bullied, berated, and belittled over their physical appearance. They have been shamed into dressing up in a way that feels entirely inappropriate to them. And some have even been harassed, assaulted, and even raped by predatory producers, directors, and agents intent on using their position of power to get exactly what they want.
From Thandie Newton to Jennifer Lawrence, Dame Judi Dench to Sophie Turner, these 25 women have decided to share their audition horror stories with the world and get vocal about the problem, in a bid to draw attention to it and change the experience for those following in their footsteps.
We can only applaud them for speaking out - and hope that their bravery leads to change.