Having worked in the entertainment industry since she was a child when she appeared in the Cher-Winona Ryder movie Mermaids and in The Addams family as Wednesday Addams, Christina Ricci has noticed that things are changing for women.
“We are very aware that we are going to play more and more interesting characters because of the time we are,” Ricci, now 41, told Los Angeles Times in an interview, published Friday, about her new Showtime series, Yellowjackets. “[The cast has] discussed the way things have changed just in terms of being an actor – what you are allowed to ask for yourself. Many of the younger girls on this show are very capable of standing up for themselves and saying, ‘No, I do not want to do that. I will not do that. I do not like the way I am treated. ” And witnessing it, after being at their age on filming, was kind of like, ‘Oh, my God, this is amazing. So are we all allowed to do this? ‘ It’s so much fun not to be hampered by all the traditional demands that used to be on female characters … compared to what one is allowed to express as a working actress who would not throw you into the “difficult “.
Ricci herself was described that way as she avoided many mainstream roles and tropes, instead of choosing to play more complicated characters, such as Dedee in 1998’s The opposite of sex and Rae ind Black Snake Styn eight years later. Still, she said when asked that she never considered leaving the subject.
“I’ve been doing this all my life, so there’s nothing else I really want to do. I’ve always felt that way,” Ricci said. “But there was definitely a period where I did not fit into anything that was being done. I was constantly asked or had to go and audition for rom-coms and the things that were available to actresses in my age group, and I did not fit into any of them because I do not know, I’m just a different kind of actress.It was a very hard period.Unfortunately I did not have the presence of mind so young.Women have right now.I tried very hard on changing myself and making myself so I would fit into those kinds of parts and movies, and it just never worked. “
She noted that her character in the series, which is about a girls soccer team whose plane crashes into the desert on the way to a tournament, forcing them to survive in the desert, has a lot of rage in her that she is unable to show. . It’s not unlike what Ricci remembers reading about women from the past.
“When I was a teenager, I read biographies of famous women, and they always seemed to have these mental breakdowns, and they had to go to a mental hospital,” she said. “I was obsessed with this as a kid. Like, ‘Wow, it’s really crazy that women were just going insane all the time!’ That’s what I was thinking. As I got older, I thought, ‘Oh, no, she just had a normal reaction to her life, but she was not allowed to express anger, she was not allowed to express unhappiness.’ “
One of Ricci’s co-stars is Juliette Lewis, another actress who began her career as a child star. She told about the new show here:
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