ByEmily Browne, writer at
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Emily Browne

Emma Stone is one of Hollywood's most likeable stars — she's a brilliant actress, a total babe, and you know what? She's really funny, so that's why it's outrageous — but not surprising — to discover that directors and other (male) actors have been taking full advantage of her talent.

Back in 2007, Stone caught 's attention with her role in teen comedy Superbad, and since then she has worked hard to break Hollywood — openly discussing the 'hundreds of auditions' she went on before securing that role. Since then she has been nominated for two Golden Globe and a Oscar. Stone is currently starring alongside uber-babe Ryan Gosling in the romantic musical-drama La La Land, which follows a young actress (Stone) and musician (Gosling) pursuing their dreams of stardom in tinsel town.

However, Stone's career hasn't always been smooth sailing. The actress is currently gracing the cover of Rolling Stone, taking about everything from her dislike of L.A., to her preparation for . Stone also opened up about the sexism she has experienced in the industry, and the ways in which she has been silenced:

“There are times in the past, making a movie, when I’ve been told that I’m hindering the process by bringing up an opinion or an idea."

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She then went on to explain that in the past directors have stolen her jokes and given them to male co-stars:

"I hesitate to make it about being a woman, but there have been times when I’ve improvised, they’ve laughed at my joke and then given it to my male co-star. Given my joke away.”

'La La Land' [Credit: Summit Entertainment]
'La La Land' [Credit: Summit Entertainment]

Finally, Stone recounts times when her suggestions have also been shut down on set:

“Or it’s been me saying, ‘I really don’t think this line is gonna work,’ and being told, ‘Just say it, just say it, if it doesn’t work we’ll cut it out’ — and they didn’t cut it out, and it really didn’t work!’”

Women in Hollywood have been speaking out against the wage gap for the last few years, actresses like and Rooney Mara have been very outspoken about how male actors are routinely paid more than their female counterparts.

Emma Stone in 'Superbad' [Credit: Columbia Pictures]
Emma Stone in 'Superbad' [Credit: Columbia Pictures]

While 's experience with industry sexism could be argued as all part of the process, it's hard to imagine that major Hollywood actors like Tom Cruise or Jonah Hill would receive the same kind of treatment on-set.

Do you think actresses are treated unfairly in Hollywood? Let us know in the comments.


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