Robin Wright: I was denied a role because my breasts weren't pretty enough
Actress Robin Wright of "The Dark of Night" attends the "Loveless (Nelyubov)" screening during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 18, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Actress Robin Wright left a casting audition mortified when she was rejected for having the wrong type of breasts.
The Forrest Gump star tried out for a part in France decades ago and she recalls being humiliated by the sexist French director after the filmmaker axed her as a candidate for the role based solely on her anatomy.
“I think I was 17, in Paris, and went in for a go-see thinking they were just looking at the face,” she recalled on Thursday at the third edition of Kering’s Women in Motion talks held during the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. “They said, Lift up your top. No, I like the other one’s t--ties better’. That was probably the worst. That was during the audition. I didn’t get the job.”
The objectifying event helped shape Robin’s views on women’s rights.
“The problem is feminism today is such a derogatory and diva-like word,” she shares of her personal views, “(but) feminism means equality, period. Equal birth, equal pay.”
Robin also chimed in on the recent wave of Hollywood actresses, such as Blake Lively and Reese Witherspoon, calling out journalists for asking questions about their clothes on red carpets. Wright admits she doesn’t agree with her peers that the fashion line of questioning is sexist - the House of Cards star thinks this occurs because men’s clothing is boring.
“That red carpet syndrome, it’s always going to be about the fashion,” Robin reasons. “That’s why it’s there, that’s why people are stopped on that carpet - because they’re wearing a designer’s piece.
“You’re there to sell. They (the designers are) doing you a favour and you’re doing them a favour by giving them publicity. It’s give and take.”
She adds: “You’re a woman, you wear a dress, and people say, ‘Well, why don’t they ask questions about the man in the tuxedo or the suit?’ Well it’s because they’re all wearing the same thing.”
Robin premiered her new directorial effort The Dark of Night, a short described as a “female vigilante movie”, at the Cannes Classics selection on Thursday.