Charlize Theron has branded Hollywood executives as being ‘caveman-like’ for rarely allowing women bigger opportunities.
The Oscar-winning actress praised lead actresses Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hamilton in an interview with Variety, telling the publication that their momentum hasn’t had the impact it should have.
Discussing the success of Wonder Woman, Theron said:
“We’ve had moments like this, where women really showcase themselves and kind of break glass ceilings. And then we don’t sustain it,” she explained.
“Or there’s one movie that doesn’t do well, and all of a sudden, no one wants to make a female-driven film.”
“I am ashamed that I’m part of an industry that has never allowed a woman to work with a budget higher than what the budget has been on Wonder Woman.”
She concluded: “That’s so f****** caveman-like. I am always hoping that this is the movie that’s going to change it and keep it for us.”
Wonder Woman has since become the highest grossing movie directed by a female, making over $746 million.
Director of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins, told Variety that the movie’s success was “inspiring”.
“For our films to be successful and make a lot of money as well as having a female lead sends a huge message to the world that this is something possible.”
Theron, who will appear as an MI6 agent in the upcoming Atomic Blonde, featured as a villain in Fast and Furious 8.
Earlier this year, co-star Michelle Rodriguez revealed she was considering leaving the franchise, due to it’s treatment of female characters.
“I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one,” she wrote on Instagram.