VIDEO: Actress calls out Hollywood for unfair treatment

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Actress Eva Longoria lamented that a white man can direct a major blockbuster flop and still get another picture while women like her cannot.

The former Desperate Housewives star made her pronouncement during her Kering Women in Motion talk at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. She had been reflecting on her experience directing the movie Flamin’ Hot, an American dream story about the Frito-Lay janitor who invented the popular Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

“We don’t get a lot of bites at the apple,” Longoria told Variety chief correspondent Elizabeth Wagmeister. “My movie wasn’t low budget by any means — it wasn’t $100 million, but it wasn’t $2 million. When was the last Latina-directed studio film? It was like 20 years ago. We can’t get a movie every 20 years.”

“28% of ticket buyers at the box office are Latino. Your film will not succeed if you don’t have the Latino audience. Do you know how many Latinos showed up for ‘Crazy Rich Asians’? Do you know how many Latinos bought a ticket for ‘Fast and the Furious’? We over-index at moviegoing, so why shouldn’t there be content for us if we are the ticket buyers? If we are the viewers? … For me, I take great pride in throwing around that buying-power weight. If you don’t speak to us, we may not buy that movie ticket,” she said.

Longoria explained, “The problem is if this movie fails, people go, ‘Oh Latino stories don’t work…female directors really don’t cut it.’ We don’t get a lot of at-bats. A white male can direct a $200 million film, fail and get another one.”

She continued, That’s the problem. I get one at-bat, one chance, work twice as hard, twice as fast, twice as cheap. You really carry the generational traumas with you into the making of the film. For me, it fueled me. I was determined.”

“So the myth that Hollywood is so progressive is a myth when you look at the data,” saying there is an “illusion” of “equity” in the industry. “I mean, yes, we had some wins but like no, we still have so much more to go,” Longoria said.

Variety tweeted Tuesday, “Eva Longoria’s message to Hollywood: ‘28% of ticket buyers at the box office are Latino. Your film will not succeed if you do not have the Latino audience.’#Cannes #WomenInMotion”

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