Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Graham: More sexy sirens please

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.

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