Geena Davis says Hollywood gender imbalance is a "shame"

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PHOTOGRAPHER: The 24th Screen Actors Competition – Show – Los Angeles, California, U., 21/01/2018 – Actor Geena Davis speaks on stage. REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni

PARIS (Reuters) – The under-representation of women in Hollywood behind the camera is a "shame", said American actor and activist Geena Davis at the French Deauville Film Festival.

Davis, starring “Thelma and Louise” with Susan Sarandon, criticized the Hollywood gender gap from the red carpet of the festival, where she was promoting her new documentary “This Changes Everything” in relation to gender inequality.

“I think I heard today that 24% are female directors in France and only 4% are in the United States. I mean 24 is not good enough, but 4% is a shame, ”she told reporters Tuesday.

Produced by Davis and directed by Tom Donahue, the documentary features interviews with Hollywood actors including Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain and Tiffany Haddish, and examines gender discrimination in the media and entertainment industry.

The American cinema festival in the western seaside town of France paid tribute to an active 63-year-old career, launched at the 1982 movie "Tootsie." Six years later, she won an Academy Award for her role in " The Tourist Tourist. ”

Davis said that #MeToo's movement, which helped women speak out about sexual violence and exposed the prevalence of sexual harassment and attacks on women around the world, said in Hollywood.

She said that women's agents did not want to speak out earlier in her career but that another person would always be willing to take on their roles.

Recently, Davis, who founded the non-profit research group, Geena Davis Institute of Gender in the Media, recently pointed out that she was forced to sit once on a director's lap for a romantic scene during a trial.

Reporting by Kathryn Carlson in Paris; Edited by Leigh Thomas and Matthew Lewis

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