I’ve just added high-quality pictures of Carey photographed by Gabriel Goldberg for this year’s Deadline Awards Line, presenting his contenders. Be sure to check out the original article at Deadline.com to discover more about what Carey said on feminism and Jennifer Lawrence’s Pay Gap Platform.
Are you finding in your travels with the film that different nations define feminism differently?
Sarah (Gavron, the film’s director) has traveled with the film more than I have. I’ve been between America and London with it and I don’t think the definition of feminism is different between the two locations. Recently, it has felt like a new word… People are afraid of labels and I think this year they’re starting to reclaim what the word originally meant, in a positive way that’s interesting.
You’ve mentioned that girls are going to see Suffragette in packs in the U.K. I’m happy to see that what the film meant to me also speaks to these young girls. Life was incredibly hard then. Women had to fight for every single thing they had. To have a reminder of that, to recognize that and be grateful for that—these girls are seeing the strength of women who took pride in being women and all that power that they had to fight against a law that dictated “You can’t vote.” To hear that in places like Saudi Arabia women can’t exercise their right to vote is a ‘novelty’, and it’s a real reminder to these young girls to take the right seriously.
How did Jennifer Lawrence’s statement on the discrepancy in pay between male and female actors resonate with you? I think it’s a good thing for someone like Jennifer to speak out; it means an awful lot to women. Sure, there’s been cynicism toward her speaking out and the fact that she makes a lot of money, but she is completely and selflessly rising above that. (The discrepancy) is inherently unfair and she has an enormous platform to speak out against it. Men in Hollywood look up to her because she is powerful. She’s using that platform to correct something that isn’t right. It’s a long overdue conversation and it’s admirable what she has done. This is an age-old issue that’s in every part of society.
Have there been movies purporting to be about female empowerment that weren’t? There are, and young people today are bombarded with images that I didn’t have when I was growing up. There are some that pertain to female empowerment and others that do not. Young kids are looking to these characters as some sort of a role model. However, there are great ones, such as Jennifer Lawrence’s character in The Hunger Games. What she does with that role is incredible in terms of the subject for young adults. For teenagers that character is an incredibly strong female role model.
Following your Oscar nomination you’ve exercised the power to choose roles and you’ve selected smart material. That said, have there been opportunities to star in tentpoles and franchise films? Those films have come my way in the past. The style doesn’t appeal to me. The Marvel films—while I enjoy watching these movies—the material doesn’t speak to me. With these types of franchise films there’s always the conversation of starring in more than one film and I’m not interested in playing the same character in more than one film. What’s appealing to me is playing different characters.