Are you fucking kidding us with this??
Emmy Rossum, award-winning actress and star since her breakout role as the lead in The Phantom Of The Opera in 2004, was asked to audition in a damn bikini. For real.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter as part of their comedy actress roundtable, the Shameless star recounted the horrible story of Hollywood sexism:
“As recently as a year ago, my agent called me and was like, ‘I’m so embarrassed to make this call, but there’s a big movie and they’re going to offer it to you. They really love your work on the show. But the director wants you to come into his office in a bikini. There’s no audition. That’s all you have to do.'”
Red flag, girl.
“He wanted to know if I was fat now. That was basically the question. And I actually had this moment like, ‘Well, how good is the part?’ For a second, I was like, ‘Would I do it? Send me the script. Maybe the character is in a bikini in the movie.'”
Hell, we wouldn’t be shocked if there was no movie at this point… She went on:
“Not in a bikini in the movie. Not naked in the movie. ‘We really love your work, but we just want to see how tight your ass is.’ Are you fucking kidding me? Last time I checked, I’m not a fucking model.”
At least Emmy had the self-respect not to go through with it. But the fact she even considered it for a second shows just how much misogyny has permeated our culture. She lamented:
“But I feel like we’re all vulnerable to it. If somebody with my years in the business would think, ‘Well, I wonder if it’s worth it,’ then what would a girl who doesn’t have my success do? She would do it.”
And that’s the truly sad part of it all. And why ladies need to look out for one another out here!
[Image via The Hollywood Reporter.]