Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 31 January 2015

Graham: More sexy sirens please

Heather Graham arrives at the LA Premiere of "The Hangover: Part III" at the Westwood Village Theatre on Monday, May 20, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Heather Graham is not happy with the way women are portrayed in films

Heather Graham has revealed she is going to make her own film about women's sex lives, as she aims to change the perception of women in the film industry.

The 43-year-old actress, who reprises her role as Jade the stripper in The Hangover Part III, will direct the upcoming movie from her own script, which she plans to start shooting later this year.

"I wrote a script that I am going to direct, which is about sex from a female point of view. I just wish there are more movies about women. I want to see women getting to do more raunchy things," she said.

Heather, who has indulged her sexy side on screen in Boogie Nights, Swingers and Killing Me Softly, is frustrated that there tends to be two main perceptions of women on screen.

"They're really polarised. They're either the bad prostitute or the really sweet mother. Where's the normal woman, who sometimes does bad things? The men in this movie [The Hangover] have two sides so I want to see more female characters like that," she added.

She praised shows like Sex And The City and Girls for helping change the tide.

"I think it's down to Judd Apatow. If he didn't produce Bridesmaids or Girls, would they have gotten made? I think he's helping a lot of female comedians," she continued.

"Men definitely write women differently from women. Men see women as a fantasy or repulsive or as a mother, but women see ourselves as more complex people. Todd [Phillips, director of The Hangover] wrote a cool character in The Hangover so I'm really grateful. But I would like to see more women directors and writers out there."

:: The Hangover Part III is released in cinemas on May 23.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Aquarius:

This is a great time to go shopping. You'll find some clothes, furniture or artwork that seems tailor made to your taste. Don't worry about spending more money than usual. The things you buy will give you years of pleasure. If you're looking for work, volunteer at a charitable organisation that is close to your heart. This will lead to a paying position that is emotionally fulfilling. You're tired of dead end jobs that leave you cold. It's time to move in a more rewarding direction.More