Zoe Saldana Talks About Sexism in Hollywood, Says Studios Should be Paying for Childcare!
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The 36-year-old actress who gave birth in December 2014 to twin boys opened up to USA Today about sexism in Hollywood, which she came to realize from the response she received after they learned she was pregnant!
“Let me tell you something, it will never be the right time for anybody in your life that you get pregnant,” Saldana explains, adding that last year, “the productions I was slated to work on sort of had a panic. I heard through the grapevine there was even a conversation of me being written off of one of the projects.”
“I was like, ‘Oh, my God, are you kidding me? It’s this bad?’ Right when I just feel super-duper happy, is that inconvenient for you?'” Marco Perego‘s wife says. “That me, as a woman in my thirties, I finally am in love and I am finally starting my life? And it’s [screwing] your schedule up? Really?”
Studios “spend more money sometimes ‘perking’ up male superstars in a movie,” adding that they often pay for private jets or “a really phat penthouse or them staying in a yacht instead of them staying on land.”
“But then a woman comes in going, ‘OK, I have a child,” she continues. “‘You’re taking me away from my home. You’re taking my children away from their home. And you’re going to make me work a lot more hours than I usually would if I was home. Therefore, I would have to pay for this nanny for more hours — so I kind of need that. And they go, ‘Nope, we don’t pay for nannies.'”
While pregnancy is supposed to be a happy time, Saldana notes that many in the working world are not very supportive and says it’s important for Hollywood studios (and presumably, other big businesses) to pay for childcare for female employees, E! News reports.