Women should have got angrier sooner: Hayek

Sergio Cunningham
May 14, 2018

The actress said she was "shocked" to discover how much of the producer's alleged impropriety had been hushed up. "I can't find enough female writers and directors", Hayek said.

The interview took place the day after Hayek walked the Cannes red carpet with the likes of Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay, and actresses Kristen Stewart, Jane Fonda, Cate Blanchett, and Marion Cotillard, as part of a group of 82 women protesting gender inequality. "The actors have to say okay, time's up". I had a good run but now it's also time to be generous with the actresses in the films'. It also includes some very uncomfortable statements that seem to imply Hayek was simply mad about filming decisions ("As in most collaborative projects, there was creative friction on Frida, but it served to drive the project to perfection") or suggest that she should be grateful rather than upset.

"If actors ask such inflated fees it will leave nothing for actresses. If the movie's budget is $10 million, the (male) actor has to understand that if he is making $9.7 million, it is going to be hard for equality", Hayek added. She is developing five movies, and they are all about women, she said.

Salma Hayek at Cannes.

"We all have to be part of the adjustment".

But she repeatedly spoke positively about progress behind the camera.

"It's not just the producers", Hayek said. "Because if there hadn't been so many, probably people would have thought that we made that up".

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In December, Hayek joined the list of more than 40 women who came forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Weinstein.

The odd thing about Weinstein's denial, Hayek noted, was not that he refuted the claims, but that he or his team said anything about them at all - most of Weinstein's sexual abuse accusers have not been directly addressed by the producer.

The actress said of herself and Nyong'o, who accused Weinstein of sexually harassing her back in 2011: "We are the easiest to get discredited".

"It was a strategy by the lawyers, because we are the easiest to get discredited", Hayek said. "It is a well-known fact, if you are a woman of color, people believe what you say less".

"Which would be easier for the audience, the reader, to not believe us", said Hayek, "he could then maybe discredit the rest".

During a career talk at the festival, she also said the current backlash against sexual harassment in the film industry meant "men are terrified".

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