Salma Hayek after Cannes protest: Change already happening
CANNES, May 13, 2018 (News Wires) — A day after joining more than 80 women protest at the Cannes Film Festival, Salma Hayek said Sunday that change for women in Hollywood already is happening.
In a conversation that was part of the “Women in Motion” talk series at Cannes, Hayek said her production company is having trouble keeping up with the demand for female writers and directors. The actress-producer said she has sold four TV shows about women this year.
“I can’t find enough female writers and directors,” Hayek said. “They’re all busy. The change already happened.”
Hayek said much work still needs to be done, particularly on the issue of equal pay. The 51-year-old actress said she hasn’t been insisting on equal pay yet because male stars and producers still need to adjust.
But she repeatedly spoke positively about progress behind the camera.
“Maybe you don’t see the difference in the numbers, but it just happened this year,” Hayek said. “It worked. And I think we should enjoy it.”
Hayek also remarked on her allegation of sexual harassment against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in an op-ed in December . Weinstein at the time issued a lengthy statement of denial. Hayek said Weinstein specifically contested her claim and that of Lupita Nyong’o because they’re women of color.