The November issue of ELLE magazine celebrates Women in Hollywood and honors several women who have impacted the film industry, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Hilary Swank, Kate Hudson, Sofia Coppola, Kerry Washington, Diane Keaton, Jodie Foster, and Diane Kruger. The issue also features three different covers.
Check out a bit of what Hudson, Paltrow and Swank had to say...
Q. What actress do you most admire?
A. I wouldn't be honest if I didn't say my mom. Apart from the fact that she's my mother, she's a brilliant comedian and a force as a producer. She paved the way for women to produce and star in their own films, and to balance that with being the matriarch of our family is really inspiring.
Q. Are good female roles hard to find?
A. They are-because in most male-driven vehicles, the female parts tend to be dispensable. I have faith that we can make female-driven films that are as interesting to men as they are to women.
Q. What did you learn from your mother about being a parent in Hollywood?
A. My mom and dad had it figured out: They never worked at the same time, and they were very conscious of making anywhere we went feel like home. When you're working, the hours are brutal, but when you're not working, you have all the time in the world. That's always a difficult balance.
Q. Have you ever had a casting-couch experience?
A. Yup. When I was just starting out, someone suggested that we finish a meeting in the bedroom. I left. I was pretty shocked. I could see how someone who didn't know better might worry, "My career will be ruined if I don't give this guy a blow job!"
Q. How do you feel about the kinds of roles available to women today?
A. Kind of dejected. There's a lot that's okay, but there's little that's really good, especially for someone my age. Sometimes you find out that something you really liked is going to someone 10 years younger. I find it heartening that Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock have been able to find and create amazing projects.
Q. What have been some of your her best moments in front of the camera?
A. I'd put Conviction up there with Million Dollar Baby as two of my best experiences. Sam Rockwell and I had some scenes where the director yelled and we were dropped back on Earth. You literally go someplace else. That does not happen very often.
Q. Do you take pains not to carry yourself like a celebrity?
A. I see myself as an actor-I don't see myself as a celebrity. I went to Italy last year, and I was driving around the country by myself, and people were like, "What are you doing?" Getting from A to B! In New York City, I take the subway all the time. I take it out to Shea Stadium and watch baseball games. It's easy to lose touch with people when you're not around them anymore. You become so secluded and isolated-and that's just not something I'm interested in.
Also check out these great ELLE.com galleries...
Gwyneth Paltrow's Hairstyles - Vote For Her Best Do's
Red Carpet Buzz - Kate Hudson at the Burberry Prorsum Show
Hilary Swank's Hairstyles - Vote for the actress' best coifs
Check out more at ELLE.com and in the November issue of ELLE, on newsstands everywhere!
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