Dear red carpet hosts: Here's how to literally #askhermore
As a living and breathing human being, I’ll go ahead and assume that you know the Oscars are this weekend. While I love judging what everyone’s wearing as much as the next overage middle-school girl, I don’t love the questions actresses get asked on the red carpet.
While the men get to answer cool questions about their careers, the women are stuck waxing poetic about what they’re wearing and how they decided to wear it. Spoiler alert: the answers are never very interesting. It’s not like the women go on a spiritual journey to find their dresses. It’s more like their very well-paid stylists present them with a few options and they choose the one they like best. And I mean no disrespect to their stylists, it’s just weird that they don’t get asked more about their movies, you know, since that’s the reason why they’re there.
All of this nonsense is why The Representation Project launched #AskHerMore during last year’s Oscars. The goal is simple: red-carpet hosts should ask women more. Because just like men, the women showing up at these events are also very accomplished. I know, take a moment to gasp.
While it seems like #askhermore is slowly (very slowly) gaining momentum on the red carpet, I thought I could help it along by coming up with a few questions for the Actress in a Leading Role and Actress in a Supporting Role nominees, based on the movies they got nominated for.
Reese Witherspoon: You not only play a real woman in Wild, but a real woman who’s very much still alive. Did the fact that you knew she would see your portrayal affect any of your acting choices?
Julianne Moore: This is your second time being in an on-screen relationship with Alec Baldwin, the first time being on 30 Rock. Obviously the two relationships are very different, but what was it like to be working with him again?
Rosamund Pike: The Gone Girl ending is so controversial that just bringing it up can still get people upset. What did you think of it the first time you read it?
Marion Cotillard: In Two Days, One Night you play Sandra, a working-class woman struggling with depression who’s just trying to keep her job. What advice would you give to the real-life Sandras out there?
Felicity Jones: Jane Hawking’s not only the unsung hero of The Theory of Everything, but also of Stephen Hawking’s own life. What’s something you learned about her that didn’t get included in the movie that you think people should know?
Patricia Arquette: Even though the movie’s called Boyhood, so many people identified with your character and her struggles. What do you think it was about her that spoke to so many different people?
Laura Dern: How can we bring back Enlightened? Just kidding. Well, not really, but that’s for another time. In Wild, you play such a positive character who never seems to let life get her down. What lessons did you take away from playing Bobbi?
Keira Knightley: The Imitation Game is such an incredible true story that a lot of people didn't know about until this movie. If you could’ve met the real Joan Clarke, what would you say to her?
Emma Stone: Your character in Birdman has a ton of carefully selected tattoos. If you had to pick one to keep forever and ever, which one would it be?
Meryl Streep: Ooh, sorry, we’re out of time. Catch up with you next year? Same place? Same time? Same nomination?