Hollywood diversity Weaver wants parts for all faces, all races
While putting the world to rights, Sigourney Weaver also insists that the movie industry should better represent minorities.
“When you see a story,” she says, “the story’s diversity should reflect the diversity of the community. So in America, everyone should be in every story. I don’t think it’s the directors, I don’t think it’s the institutions, I think it’s just habit, and it’s a habit that has tochange.
“Like, my assistant is Chinese, and she’s also an actress who goes to a lot of open castings, but they always wait for a Chinese character to come up before they cast her. She’s lovely, she’s smart, she went to Berkeley, she can play anything. But that’s still where we’re at in some areas of the business.”
The landscape is beginning to change, most notably with the recent
Annie, which stars Quvenzhané Wallis (left).
“If only it had made more money,” says Weaver. “I hope they don’t blame it on the casting. I do think if we insist on it, change will happen. But it’s taking a terribly long time.”