Anna Kendrick joins long list of actresses calling out sexism in Hollywood

May 6, 2015 at 2:44 p.m. ET
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Anna Kendrick is a multitalented actress who has several popular films under her belt. But even though she's a successful woman, she still plays second fiddle to the men in the industry.

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Hollywood has long been called out for sexism, and during an interview with Glamour magazine, Kendrick highlighted the problem with the casting practices and how the male leads are cast before all of the females.

"There's [a film I'm considering] now where I have to wait for all the male roles to be cast before I can even become a part of the conversation," she told the publication. "Part of me gets that. [But] part of me is like, 'What the f***? You have to cast for females based on who's cast as males?' To me, the only explanation is that there are so many f***ing talented girls, and from a business standpoint it's easier to find women to match the men. I totally stand by the belief that there are 10 unbelievably talented women for every role."

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We're pleased with the Pitch Perfect 2 star's reasoning for this, but the issue still remains: there is gender bias that still exists within Hollywood. However, the issue has been getting a lot more coverage in recent months, and Kendrick acknowledges this.

"All the films nominated [for a Best Picture Oscar] this year had male leads. Like, every single one. So I'm glad that [equality's] feeling like a bigger issue now," she said.

And instead of making her and other actresses like her more competitive as they battle it out for the small pool of leading roles, Kendrick says that the injustices they face have actually made them stronger.

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"I don't think it makes you more competitive. If anything, it bonds you because we're all dealing with the same problem," she explained to Glamour.

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