Kylie Jenner Opens Up About Caitlyn’s Transition: ‘Besides Appearance, Nothing …

11 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Caitlyn Jenner, Amy Schumer, Victoria Beckham and Misty Copeland rock the Glamour Women of the Year awards — and Anna Wintour sits there.

In an impassioned speech at Glamour’s annual Women of the Year event Monday, Witherspoon accepted an award “for her work creating stronger roles for women in film.” While most know the actress for her performances as Legally Blonde’s Elle Woods or Walk the Line’s June Carter (the latter of which earned her an Oscar), Witherspoon has been making moves of her own as co-founder of Pacific Standard Films, a production company devoted to finding and producing better roles for women. Reese Witherspoon, who was honored, talked about the rampant sexism in Hollywood and her annoyance with how women who work hard inevitably get painted as nasty or conniving. “Ambition is not a dirty word,” said Ms. She told the Carnegie Hall crowd Monday evening that before she came out as a woman, she stayed home most of the time, feeling alone. “Now,” she said to cheers, “I actually like going out, and I like being myself.” Jenner described going through “many, many years of isolation” before coming out. Gone Girl and Wild both garnered box office success, award nominations, and, maybe most importantly, industry respect. “[Pacific Standard Films has] over 25 films in development and three television shows,” Witherspoon said at the event, “and they all have female leads of different ages and different races and different jobs.

They’re not just good or bad; they’re bold and hunted and dangerous and triumphant, like the real women we meet every single day of our lives.” “I hope Amy Schumer and all the other nominees that when you consider making your biopic, you’ll give me the rights first, which would be great. What a great opportunity in life to have.” Jenner is not the first transgender woman to be a Glamour Woman of the Year; last year, actress Laverne Cox was honored. Last night, the actress sought to challenge that bullsh*t assumption: I want everybody to close their eyes and think of a dirty word, like a really dirty word.

Although, Amy, I’ll have to play your grandmother in the movie (by Hollywood standards), and you’ll probably have to play your own mother.” “I dread reading scripts that have no women involved in their creation because inevitably I get to that part where the girl turns to the guy, and she says, “What do we do now?!” Do you know any woman in any crisis situation who has absolutely no idea what to do? Still, Jenner’s inclusion had sparked some backlash on social media. “We prefer to focus on the positive,” Jenner said through a spokesman ahead of the announcement. I mean, don’t they tell people in crisis, even children, “If you’re in trouble, talk to a woman.” It’s ridiculous that a woman wouldn’t know what to do. “At the end of [a] meeting, I sort of casually brought up, “So, how many movies are in development with a female lead?” And by lead, I don’t mean wife of the lead or the girlfriend of the lead. Cindi Leive, Glamour’s editor-in-chief, told The Associated Press that criticism of Jenner’s inclusion “certainly gives you an appreciation for the hostility to the trans community that still exists out there.” The annual ceremony mixes high-wattage celebrities with lesser known names, and this year, the award winners included the five women touched by the South Carolina church massacre — Alana Simmons, Nadine Collier, Bethane Middleton-Brown, Felicia Sanders and Polly Sheppard — and lauded in the aftermath as “The Peacemakers of Charleston.” Also among those honored: Entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, and Planned Parenthoood’s Cecile Richards.

I never in a million years thought I would be here.” Wintour sat directly across the aisle from Jenner during the ceremony, but the two didn’t speak during breaks. The U.S. women’s soccer team was introduced by late-night host Seth Meyers, who got a cheer when he advised young women in the audience to “never waste a second of your time on (a guy who) doesn’t want your input and advice.” The team handily crushed Japan to win the 2015 World Cup in July, and was recently welcomed at the White House by President Barack Obama. “There is no dream too big,” Carli Lloyd, who scored a hat trick in the finals, told the younger girls up in the balcony. They are interested in profits—and after all, they run subsidiary companies of giant corporations. …after going to these studios and telling people about how there’s barely any female leads in films and the industry’s in crisis, people were aghast. “That’s horrible,” they said.

But she didn’t just want to act, slotting herself into roles Hollywood deemed “acceptable” for ladies — wife, girlfriend, mother, grandmother — or trying desperately to find a studio developing the kind of characters she liked to play. So in 2012 she founded her production company, Pacific Standard, which operates under the idea that “films with women at the center are not a side project.” And lo and behold, three years in, the company has produced such hits as “Wild” and “Gone Girl,” both of which were not only commercially successful, but garnered Academy Award nominations for its female stars in acting categories. It was time to turn to myself and say, “Okay, Reese, what are we going to do now?” And so Witherspoon, who has been “wondering lately why female ambition is a trait that people are so afraid of,” is blazing forward at full speed. Acting allows me to slip into the skin of all kinds of different women, and not in a creepy “Silence of the Lambs” way…but in a way that lets me explore the full spectrum of humanity.

I remember when I was 18 years old and applying to colleges, I had this male college counselor, and he said, “Don’t even bother applying to Stanford, sweetie. Your SAT scores aren’t good enough.” But I did it anyway, and I got in. (But it wasn’t because of my SAT scores!) When I got into the film business, I was doing dramas, and casting directors didn’t know if I could be funny. I really wondered how the digital evolution was affecting the landscape of filmmaking and specifically why studios were making fewer and fewer movies.

So I started asking questions, and I decided to meet with the heads of each of the different movie studios that I had been friends with for years and I had made many movies with them. Where was our Sally Field in “Norma Rae” or Sigourney Weaver in “Alien” or Goldie Hawn in, you name it, any Goldie Hawn movie: “Overboard,” “Wildcats,” “Private Benjamin”? So is my producing partner, so we tore through tons of manuscripts and read so many things before they were published, but we could only find two pieces of material that we thought were right.

This year alone, “Trainwreck” with Amy Schumer, Melissa McCarthy’s “Spy,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Cinderella,” the “Hunger Games” franchise, those made over 2.2 billion dollars world wide. So here’s my hope: If you’re in politics, media, the tech industry, or working as an entrepreneur or a teacher or a construction worker or a caregiver, you know the problems we are all facing.

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