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'I find it heartbreaking:' Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig on Hollywood misconduct revelations

'I find it heartbreaking:' Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig on Hollywood misconduct revelations
From CBC - November 10, 2017

For her solo directorial debut, Greta Gerwigincluded some of what she loves the most from the movie-making process: a substantial rehearsal processand creating an atmosphere on-set where every person felt valued.

It's something that strikes to the heart of the scandals now plaguing Hollywood, where a growing number of women and men are coming forwardwith allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful figures.

"It's very easy to create a set where the actors count. Or the [director of photography]counts or the director counts," Gerwig toldCBC'sEliGlasner.

"But, I feel like everyone from the[production assistants]on up should be counted as a whole person, because I feel like everyone's spirit and effort goes into what the movie is."

While Hollywood, its dramatic power imbalanceand toxicworkplace culture are under the spotlight right now, "it seems to be a larger problem in general," she added.

"I love film so much and I only ever want that to be a place where people can be vulnerable and can be passionate and excited about this and not have it be something that's abused for someone else's power graband I find it heartbreaking."

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