Lake Bell says women won’t be seen as “contenders” if they speak like “little girls”.
The 34-year-old star has written, directed, produced and stars in new comedy In a World – in which she plays Carol Solomon, a voice-over actress whose big break causes a rift in her family. Lake feels frustrated that the trend for women to turn everything they say into a question is working against them.
“If you open your mouth and you sound as if you are a little girl or submissive, it makes you appear as if you couldn’t even be a contender,” she told British magazine Grazia. “Immediately you’re doing yourself a massive disservice. It’s important to be yourself and not to hide behind a vocal cloak.”
In the film, Geena Davis plays Katherine, who has had success in the voice-over industry, but is reluctant to mentor rising star Carol. Lake claims this is common amongst females in the workplace.
“Some women are awesome but others struggle with fellow female success, because their own journey has been such a rocky road,” she explained. “So they feel ownership over it. It’s like, ‘Well, I got here on my own, I’ll shake your hand when you get up here by yourself.’”
Lake raised eyebrows recently by posing naked apart from a rose tattoo across her torso for the cover of New York magazine. The 34-year-old star insists women should be able to embrace both their femininity and brains without fear of criticism.
“I struggle with the idea that intellectual expression has to cancel out a feminine or sexual one. If a filmmaker was on the cover of GQ looking sexy, I don’t think the same conversation would be happening,” she reasoned.
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