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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Rosario Dawson: Actresses expected to look perfect

Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson has claimed that movie studio bosses get "freaked out" if bad paparazzi shots of their stars hit the internet.

The American star finds it upsetting that such a huge emphasis is put on how women look in Hollywood. She alleges she has turned up for meetings to find producers checking out images of actresses on websites, apparently for "inspiration". According to Rosario, if the snapshots are unflattering the star might find it hard to get hired.

"You’re going, this is a brilliant actress that you’re looking at right now, and you’re going to see if she looks alright with her new haircut.

"I’ve heard from a friend of mine about this actress who is really one of the most beautiful actresses on the planet," she told Stylist magazine. "And she almost lost a huge job because suddenly the head of the studio got freaked out that she had a bad paparazzi photo out there. And you’re like, ‘Are you serious?’ That’s just crazy. And she was great in the role and luckily this producer got talked off the ledge."

Rosario was astounded when she heard about the practice and it still worries her. She puts so much into making the characters she plays believable she can't understand why something as inconsequential as a photograph should affect her work.

For many years the 33-year-old rallied against the system by covering up when she went for auditions. She didn't want to win roles due to her body, although nowadays she isn't so literal about things.

"That was a reaction that I was having but the reality is still the same. I’m just a bit different about my approach to it now," she explained. "I feel bad for younger actresses coming in. I think the scrutiny is actually much worse than it was when I was younger and I was trying to rebel against it. I’m glad people talk about it and I try to bring it up, because I think it’s really wrong and it would be great for that to change."

Earlier this month Beyoncé Knowles hit the headlines after she seemed uncomfortable calling herself a feminist in an interview. Rosario can understand her point of view, although for her campaigning for women's rights should always be at the top of the agenda.

"Women themselves are sometimes afraid to attach themselves to feminism, because they’re afraid of what that could mean for them," she claimed. "The whole conversation’s changing. It’s not feminism of the past it’s what’s happening now. It’s not even necessarily just feminism, it’s just reality. It’s how we’re treating each other and what we’re acknowledging something or not. And just because you don’t acknowledge something doesn’t mean it’s not happening."

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