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Actress Zoe Kazan on workplace sexual harassment: 'Sometimes you have to give "blowjob eyes"'

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12 Julio 2017 16:06

Zoe Kazan has spoken out against sexism and harassment in the film industry

Zoe Kazan has joined the long list of actresses who have spoken out about sexism in the film industry. Kazan has denounced the harassment that actresses are often forced to endure on set at the hands of male producers or directors. 

In her interview with The Guardian, Kazan said: 'There’s so much sexual harassment on set. And there’s no HR department, right? We don’t have a redress. We have our union, but no one ever resorts to that, because you don’t want to get a reputation for being difficult.'

The 33-year-old daughter of legendary director Elia Kazan is perhaps best-known for her role in Ruby Sparks, which she also wrote. In her Guardian interview, Kazan used a term that is shocking and yet illustrative of some of the more insidious ways sexism can manifest itself in the workplace. 

Kazan used the expression 'blow job eyes' to refer to having to walk into a room and be flirty with a director or producer to get their attention and increase your chances of landing a role. Of course, it goes without saying that an actress of Kazan's calibre should be able to get a job through her professionalism and talents alone.

'I have a lot of girlfriends who are amazing actors, and many times we’ve talked about having to go into a room and give ‘blowjob eyes’. You know, be flirty with a director or a producer.'

The actress also said that sometimes she is asked to dress in 'body-conscious' clothing for auditions. 'You’re aware that they’re checking out your body. You leave the situation feeling not good about what just happened, but you don’t really have the language for why.'

And that's not all. The actress also revealed that on one occasion a producer asked her on set if she 'spat or swallowed.' 'He’d say, "Oh, it’s a joke, ha ha." But he was also paying my cheque and then watching me from the monitor as I made out with another actor – so when he tells me I look good, it feels different.'

However, Kazan was keen to stress that her experience on her latest film – The Big Sick, a romantic comedy directed by Michael Showalter – was 'very clean' and that 'everyone was super respectful.' 

(via The Guardian)

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