Natalie Portman, A-List actress and star of multiple movies featuring strong female characters, longs for the ’50s and ’60s because the sexism from that era is still better than today, when films are “all about white men.”
During a recent interview with Vulture about her role in Jackie (she plays Jacqueline Kennedy, one of the most iconic women in American history), she claimed the part made her nostalgic about the films from the 1950s and 1960s because movies used to have strong female roles, unlike today.
Movies from the ’50s and ’60s “have such strong female roles all the time,” she said, citing Sunset Boulevard and Marnie. Portman added: “Even if they’ll make the occasional sexist comment, they still have a central woman character who has a personality.”
She then slammed diversity in today’s Hollywood, saying: “Now I feel like movies are all about white men, and then you get a couple that happen to be about women.”
Her latest comments on Hollywood diversity appear to be something of a change of tune from what she has said in the past. Back in 2013, in an interview with Elle Magazine, she attacked the movie industry for making strong female characters, adding that it’s “not feminist, that’s macho.”
She said: “I want [female characters] to be allowed to be weak and strong and happy and sad—human, basically.
“The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a ‘feminist’ story, the woman kicks ass and wins.
“That’s not feminist, that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with.”