Natalie Portman Says Hollywood Has ‘A Long Ways To Go’ Toward Gender Equality

Natalie Portman spoke out about gender inequality in the entertainment industry in a recent interview with People.

“For myself I feel excited about the opportunities I have, but I am concerned that there’s not more female directors,” the actress told the magazine while discussing her upcoming film “Knight of Cups.” “I think that the conversation has definitely become more widespread which is very important, but the problem is just as severe, actually probably more severe because it’s been so long that it hasn’t changed. There’s a long ways to go but it’s great that we’re having the conversation.”

Portman’s comments fall in line with reports that the actor insisted on securing a female director for the upcoming Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic before she signed on to the project. The Supreme Court justice spoke about Portman’s decisionin conversation with California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu at last year’s American Constitution Society convention.

“Natalie Portman came to talk to me about this, and we had a very good conversation,” Ginsburg said. “And one thing interesting that she insisted on, it held up the project for a while. She said, ‘I want the director to be a woman. There are not enough women in this industry. There are many talented [women] out there.’ And now they do have a woman director.”