Robin Wright: Actors are ‘well-paid zoo animals’

robin Her success in movies like Forrest Gump and The Princess Bride made Robin Wright a star, but she didn’t achieve as much as some of her fellow female actresses at the time simply because she chose not to accept many roles.

She told The Guardian: ”Oh yeah, they wanted to make me America’s sweetheart. They wanted to make me the next big ingénue, the studio bosses behind the curtain. But what happened was that I turned down a lot of movies that simply didn’t blow my dress up. Plus I was too busy being a mom at the time.”

But it wasn’t just the movie roles she turned down that affected her career.

Robin-Wright“I remember there was a turning point,” she says. “I think it came right after Forrest Gump, when I turned down the cover of Vanity Fair. That was blasphemy. You just don’t do that. And I remember, after that, not getting a couple of movies that I really wanted to do. And I was told, ‘Well, you know, if you had done Vanity Fair it might have been different.'”

”For actors in Hollywood, it’s very straightforward. We’re well-paid animals in a zoo. And if you agree to play the dog-and-pony show, and smile on the red carpet, and show up at every f***ing envelope that’s opened, then you can become a celebrity and become a commodity. But if you choose not to do that, you are seen as not bankable,” she added.

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