Emma Watson spoke up recently on the issue of sexism in Hollywood, saying it’s still an unfortunate truth these days. However, she did say that she isn’t laying blame on anyone in particular, and that men can be feminists, too.
The former Harry Potter star called out her female peers for being catty with one another, noting that guys don’t really have that issue and are free to just support women.
“Women are just as guilty of discriminating against women. Some of the best feminists I have encountered are men. Some women can be incredibly prejudiced against other women!” Watson said.
Emma feels so passionately about men joining the fight for equality that she started her own movement–the HeForShe campaign–which has garnered over 500,000 followers and urges men to support the battle women face every day just to be viewed as equal to their male peers. And while she says she has seen that inequality at work quite a bit in Hollywood–where, she admits, she’s only had two female directors over the course of her career as opposed to 17 male ones–it’s not just there.
“I think my work with the UN has probably made me even more aware of the problems. I went out for a work dinner recently. It was seven men… and me,” Emma Watson said.
The actress has worked with the U.N. as a Goodwill Ambassador since last year and gave a very successful speech for them about her campaign. Now, she says, she feels like she’s doing what she’s meant to be doing.
“Part of me relaxed after I took on that position, it gave me a sense of belonging and purpose. Everything clicked into place, in a way that it hadn’t before. I understood what I’m here to do and knew where to channel all this energy that has been coming at me. I now feel this sense of peace. People say that I’m different since I did it,” Emma Watson told Vogue U.K. earlier this year.