They”re two strong female powerhouses in the industry and in a recent interview for “Rookie: Yearbook Two,” Lena Dunham spoke with Mindy Kaling about gender bias in Hollywood.
Sharing her own struggles with the issue, the “Girls” creator asked, “Do you ever get embarrassed to point out gender bias I always apologize and say something dumb and sassy… Somehow I feel the need to point out that I know I”m doing it, and that I may sound humorless, and that I wish I could be free and easy like Cameron Diaz at a hockey game. “
Empathizing, the “Mindy Show” star responded, “I totally understand this. I don”t get embarrassed, though I get nervous. Because journalists don”t like to be told that their questions are sexist. Every so often I read insane things like, “Who is the next Lucille Ball” and they list all these red-haired actresses. As though the essence of Lucille Ball”s talent was derived from the color of her hair.”
Continuing, Ms. Kaling added, “More than half the questions I am asked are about the politics of the way I look. What it feels like to be not skinny/dark-skinned/a minority/not conventionally pretty/female/etc. It”s not very interesting to me, but I know it”s interesting to people reading an interview. Sometimes I get jealous of white male showrunners when 90 percent of their questions are about characters, story structure, creative inspiration, or, hell, even the business of getting a show on the air. Because as a result the interview of me reads like I”m interested only in talking about my outward appearance and the politics of being a minority and how I fit into Hollywood, blah blah blah. I want to shout, “Those were the only questions they asked!”