Renowned Hollywood actress Michelle Rodriguez offered illuminating perspectives on her career and the portrayal of women in the film industry during the Red Sea International Film Festival's Talent Days forum. The discussion, which took place at the prestigious Ritz-Carlton in Jeddah, saw Rodriguez delve into the historically entrenched division between traditional Hollywood and television.
Breaking Down the Walls
She highlighted the reluctance of certain industry figures to engage with television work, citing reputational risks. This reticence, according to Rodriguez, creates a palpable barrier between the old guard of Hollywood and the evolving landscape of television. "There is always a wall between old Hollywood and television where there are certain people you know in the industry wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole, and that has to do with the susceptibility,” Rodriguez stated.
The Collaborative Nature of Filmmaking
Known for her powerful performances in action films, particularly the globally popular "Fast & Furious" franchise, Rodriguez emphasized the collaborative essence of filmmaking. She stated that "films are about discovery and teamwork as much as it is about vision and storytelling." This sentiment underlines the collective nature of cinematic production, where every role, big or small, contributes to the final product.
A Conscientious Choice of Roles
During the discussion, Rodriguez also opened up about her personal selection criteria for movie roles. She expressed a strong commitment to rejecting roles that could potentially portray women negatively. This includes characters involved in nudity or drug dealing. “I can’t play any negative character that misrepresents a woman as it is forbidden and I need to give little girls something else to see. If the script has a drug dealer or something like this, I will say no,” Rodriguez affirmed. Her decision-making process is guided by a deep-seated desire to provide positive role models for young girls, thereby steering clear of scripts that could potentially misrepresent women or propagate harmful stereotypes.