Read of the Day: Diablo Cody’s Interview With Women and Hollywood
5:30 pm, October 21st | by Colette McIntyre
The always opinionated Diablo Cody is making the media rounds this week following the release of her directorial debut, Paradise. Today’s Read of the Day is Cody’s interview with Women and Hollywood in which she talks about motherhood, Hollywood, and learning how to direct. In the excerpt below, she explains the paucity of female directors.
WaH: Do you think motherhood plays a big role in why women aren’t as present in Hollywood as directors?
DC: 100%. I don’t think you can generalize it completely, but motherhood has to have some kind of something to do with it. Because like it or not, even when women are the primary breadwinners, even when we work full time, we’re still expected in a lot of ways to be the primary parent. And we often want to be the primary parent as well. I had never really made that connection before, I used to say, “Oh, it’s so mysterious why there aren’t more female directors, I don’t get it.” I had all these wild theories and now I think that’s got to be it. I have a feeling it’ll be different when my kids are older. Nancy Meyers told me she felt that directing was a great job for a mom. I think that’d be the case with older kids. But with little ones? That’s day in and day out. It’s relentless. I’m not comfortable have somebody else raise my kid completely. I need to be there.
I don’t know any male directors who have kids who feel guilt about it. Not a single one. Why should I feel guilty about making a movie that’s going to last forever? And yet I do. I have tremendous guilt about the whole thing.
WaH: Do you think Hollywood is tougher for women than it is for men?
DC: As a woman you’re still expected to constantly prove yourself, whereas men are allowed to have flops without people blaming it on their gender. If a man has a flop, people will blame it on a variety of factors. But if a woman directs a movie and it doesn’t do well, suddenly it’s because she’s a woman. That’s aggravating to me.
For the full interview, click here.