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Marisa Tomei talks feminism

Marisa Tomei doesn't like the negative connotations associated with the word feminism.

The American actress is a prominent figure in the acting world thanks to her work on stage, film and television, but despairs at the way feminism is often portrayed.

Despite her disappointment, there are certain stars that Marisa thinks are leading the way in a new wave of the feminist movement.

"I know," Marisa sighed when The Daily Beast remarked that it's disheartening to hear feminism used negatively. "But it’s not stopping. Women - and men - are interested in solutions for interpersonal problems and societal problems, and even Obama signing in an equal pay law was big. There are incredible young women like Lena Dunham, Tavi Gevinson, and others who call themselves feminists."

Marisa's career in movies has seen the actress garner three Oscar nominations. She took home gold for her break out film role in 1992's My Cousin Vinny. The movie is still seen as iconic, though the 49-year-old actress has sought many different movie genres in a bid not to be pigeonholed as an actress.

"I think the trick is to not be defined by an iconic film, and I think I’ve gotten to do a range of things, so I’m grateful that that role made lots of people laugh. I hope I get another role as good as that one soon!" she mused.

Another film that caught the attention of the Academy Award board members was The Wrestler, the 2008 flick that marked Mickey Rourke's return to film.

"That could have been a disaster. [Darren] Aronofsky was at the helm so it wasn’t going to be a disaster, but in my mind, I was thinking, 'What the f**k am I doing right now?!' I’m finding myself in January in Jersey in a place less than strip club - like a flophouse.

"I thought, 'This could be the worst thing I’ve decided to do,' just being at that age, and playing that kind of role, and doing nudity, which was something I hadn’t done before. But I’m really happy that I got to be a part of it, and it’s all thanks to Aronofsky, who’s one of our finest filmmakers," Marisa concluded.

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