Jennifer Garner delivers moving speech on sexism in Hollywood.
Actress and mom of three Jennifer Garner was honored Monday night at the Elle Women in Hollywood event. While accepting the honor, Garner seized the opportunity with a powerful message for women in Hollywood who face sexism as a large part of the job.
Comedian Steve Carell, Garner’s on-screen husband in Disney’s Alexander, presented the timeless actress to the audience. Garner then revealed a personal experience about sexism she recently faced in the industry, much to the audience’s undivided attention and support.
"The fact that there even needs to be a Women in Hollywood event is a little bit sad," Garner began. "I mean, the men in Hollywood event is every day—it’s called Hollywood. 51 percent of the population should not have to schedule a special event to celebrate the fact that in an art that tells the story of what it means to be human and alive, we get to play a part."
Garner continued, "So for example, my husband and I do kind of the same job, a little bit. Not long ago we both had one of those magical days, we call it a junket, where we both attended these lovely events where people come in every four minutes, they ask the same questions over and over again, you know the drill. We got home at night and we compared notes. And I told him every single person who interviewed me, I mean every single one, and this is true of the red carpet here tonight Elle, asked me, ‘How do you balance work and family?’ and he said the only thing that people asked him repeatedly was about the tits on the ‘Blurred Lines’ girl, which, for the record if we’re talking about them, they are real and they are fabulous [Garner referring to Affleck’s Gone Girl co-star Emily Ratajkowski.] Take a look and enjoy."
The audience in the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel laughed along with Garner as she concluded her speech of the evening.
"As for work-life balance, he said no one asked him about it that day. AS a matter of fact, no one had ever asked him about it. And we do share the same family. Isn’t it time to kinda change that conversation?"
Garner’s moving discussion received a warm applause from colleagues and her fellow "Women in Hollywood."
Other women honored throughout the evening included Elizabeth Banks, Annette Bening, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson, Tina Fey, and Zoe Saldana.
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