Reese Witherspoon is tired of helpless female characters in the scripts she reads!
The Hot Pursuit star congregated with some of Hollywood's most powerful women during Glamour's Women of the Year Awards on Monday night, and the message in her moving speech was simple — "female-driven films work."
The actress and producer said in her speech that when female characters aren't created by women, they often turn to a man for help during a crisis — which is far opposite from reality!
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"Have you ever met a woman in crisis who doesn't know what to do? Why do people have prejudiced opinions against women who want to accomplish things? Why is that perceived as a negative? … Like [Legally Blonde's] Elle Woods, I did not like to be underestimated."
Reese then directed her attention to fellow award winner Amy Schumer, adding:
"I hope, Amy Schumer — and all the other incredible nominees — that you'll give me the rights to your biopic first. Although, Amy, I'm five years older than you, so I'll probably have to play your grandmother in the movie, by Hollywood standards, and you'll probably have to play your own mother."
We're guessing Reese LOVED the comedienne's HIGHlarious Inside Amy Schumer sketch that called out Hollywood's double standards on older actresses not being considered "f*ckable."
Schumer herself took a serious note in her speech later that night, speaking up about the July theater shooting during a screening of her summer comedy Trainwreck.
The 34-year-old said she was still heartbroken about the tragedy, and is fighting for gun control. She said:
"If you've been convicted of domestic violence or you're severely mentally ill, I don't think you should be able to get a gun. It seems pretty simple, but people's reaction is 'She wants to take our guns'!"
We couldn't agree more! Bravo, ladies!
[Image via Rob Rich/WENN.]
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