Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington, & MORE Fierce Females Dish On Nudity & Being Labeled A ‘Diva’ For The Hollywood Reporter!

These fierce females look FLAWLESS!

Talk about squad goals!

Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington, Kirsten Dunst, Julianna Margulies, Regina King, Sarah Paulson, and Constance Zimmer are some of the fiercest females on TV right now, so it only makes sense these gorgeous gals joined forces for The Hollywood Reporter‘s latest cover!

The lovely ladies participated in a star-studded shoot together, and gathered round THR‘s Actress Roundtable to dish about the struggles of being a woman in a male-dominated industry.

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J.Lo opened up about how she HATES being labeled a “diva,” saying:

“I got a moniker of being ‘the diva,’ which I never felt I deserved ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ which I don’t deserve ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ because I’ve always been a hard worker, on time, doing what I’m supposed to do, and getting that label because you reach a certain amount of success.”

The Scandal star also explained that leading ladies are often treated differently when it comes to nude scenes, commenting:

“There have been times in my career where the nudity wasn’t about the story, it wasn’t about the character, it was just because that sh*t sells.”

Miz King also chimed in, admitting sometimes nudity requirements aren’t specified before an actress agrees to the role, recalling:

“But sometimes you already have the job and the nudity conversation didn’t come up until a couple seasons in. And then you get that script and go, ‘Whoa, oh, hmm ├óΓé¼┬ª’ (Mimics dialing her lawyer). The particular situation that I’m thinking of [on Southland], I didn’t feel like [the scene] was honest to the character: If Lydia was going to have sex, I just didn’t see her having sex like that. And they got it. They were respectful.”

Read on for more HIGHlights from their candid conversation (below):

Sarah on sexism in the industry: “I’ve never been asked to play the [romantic] leading lady without having to be a blonde…. I don’t mind it, I like the blond ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ but to be told that in order to be considered a romantic lady opposite some hunky guy, I need to have long blond hair that looked very L.A. Real Housewives? It does do something to your brain. You go, ‘Gosh, so the way I came into the world is not as appealing as it would be if I were altered in some way?’ That’s a funny message to extend to a person. And that’s the other thing: I did it. I put the extensions in, I blonded it up.”
Julianna on nudity: “I’ve been playing the same character for seven seasons, and all of a sudden this season the girl is taking her clothes off. I’m seven years older than I was when I started it, and I love it. I mean, it’s CBS, so there’s only so much you can take off, but there’s something great about seeing a woman in her 40s having sex with someone and not being inhibited.”

Kirsten on why she took her first regular series role: “Because [Peggy is] a total nutcase. You don’t read roles that are inspiring in that way. I got to do so much more in that TV show than I have in a film in so long. It was the most challenging thing I ever did. I remember my friend Lizzy Caplan, who’s on Masters of Sex, being like, ‘Get B12 shots, you’re going to be exhausted.'”

Constance on the roles being reversed: “On UnREAL, we have two female leads, female showrunners and writers, and it’s very driven toward us being empowered, which is definitely different. We can treat the men a bit like how we may have been treated earlier in our careers or just as women in general. It’s fun to watch the tables be turned and to see the guys on set eating lettuce.”

YAAAAS! Tell ’em, ladies!

Ch-ch-check out more shots from their star-studded spread in the gallery (above)!

[Image via Ruven Afanador/The Hollywood Reporter.]

May 18, 2016 3:55pm PDT

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