The Hollywood Reporter released its Actress Roundtable, featuring (clockwise from left) Sarah Paulson, Jennifer Lopez, Julianna Margulies, Regina Taylor, Constance Zimmer, Kerry Washington, and Kirsten Dunst. With the caption, “Who You Calling A Diva?” the ladies address the roles they will (and won’t) strip down for, the scenes that required them to call their lawyers, and the need to love their characters, even if their audience does not.
Notable quotes include Lopez’s, “I’ve always been fascinated by how much more well-behaved we have to be than men.” Adding, ” got a moniker of being “the diva,” which I never felt I deserved — which I don’t deserve — because I’ve always been a hard worker, on time, doing what I’m supposed to do, and getting that label because you reach a certain amount of success …”
Margulies’ thoughts on nudity have changed over the years, “there’s something great about seeing a woman in her 40s having sex with someone and not being inhibited.” However, “I think gratuitous sex is what we’re all talking about. That’s not something that’s interesting for any of us to play.” Dunst’s response was in good fun, “I’m pretty much down for anything if the director is good. (Laughs.)”
Regarding women in power, Margulies assesses that the greatest power goes to those who develop the material. “That’s the power, isn’t it? Creating your own stuff. More and more women of every shape, size, color and age need to just start creating their own [stuff] — to make a door for ourselves to walk through.”