Brit Marling Has Had Enough of Hollywood’s Idea of a ‘Strong Female Lead’

IndieWire | 2/8/2020 | Staff
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Actress, writer, and producer Brit Marling’s most artistically successful vehicles have been the ones she driven herself, from films like “Another Earth” and “Sound of My Voice” (which she wrote and starred in) to the Netflix series “The OA,” which she co-created with Zal Batmanglij (and also wrote and starred in). That’s because, as she revealed in a recent New York Times op-ed, other roles she’s either lost out on or declined have fallen into a category she’s working to resist: the Strong Female Lead.

“She’s an assassin, a spy, a soldier, a superhero, a CEO. She can make a wound compress out of a maxi pad while on the lam. She’s got MacGyver’s resourcefulness but looks better in a tank top,” Marling writes. Indeed, the complicated, often messy women she’s written and portrayed in her films and on “The OA” (cancelled last year by Netflix after two seasons) don’t resemble this kind of Powerful Woman armed with masculine qualities, recognizable in many a Hollywood tentpole and television series.

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“Acting the part of the Strong Female Lead changed both who I was and what I thought I was capable of. Training to do my own stunt work made me feel formidable and respected on set. Playing scenes where I was the boss firing men tasted like empowerment. And it will always feel better to be holding the gun in the scene than to be pleading for your life at the other end of the barrel,” writes Marling, also railing against women being portrayed onscreen as mere victims.

“It would be hard to deny...
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