The 2014 'Godzilla' sidelined strong female characters with Elizabeth Olsen as wife to Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s character, Sally Hawkins as an assistant to Ken Watanabe, and Juliette Binoche's opening death scene.
But the upcoming edition has that all figured out. With leading ladies in the forefront, the actresses exclusively tell MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) how Godzilla and women empowerment go hand-in-hand in the upcoming film slated to release on May 31.
In fact, the role Aisha Hinds plays on the film does not exist in the world, the 43-year-old actress states. "The funny thing is the role that I play, that of Colonel Diane Foster, is the role that is reflective of something that does not exist in the world yet. A woman serving as a special forces officer, a green beret," the 'Shield' actress shares. "There are a lot of women who have been able to go through the training process but they haven't been called to serve or given the permission to serve yet. So I think it is beautiful that we have taken the opportunity to put that thing on screen and make it tangible for the world. It is inspirational," she adds.
To agree to her statement is Elizabeth Ludlow, who says her role as First Lieutenant Griffin, is that of a strong woman. "I love strong female characters and I play Griffin, the pilot for the G-team. She's just strong, and she's in charge. I am all about women empowerment," the actress from 'The Walking Dead' affirms. She adds that strong female leads are the highlight of the film with Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Natalie Shaheen, Aisha Hinds and Ludlow herself: "I feel women are really taking the rein on this one."
Natalie Shaheen, who plays Lieutenant Bottin, sums up her character as a "badass". "My character is a badass and the film obviously is epic and dangerous and exciting."
"My favorite part is obviously bringing it down to something relatable. The characters are really fleshed out and really easy to love but I just love the balance between it all which is what 'Godzilla' stands for right? Balance," she concludes.
As for Millie Bobby Brown, the 'Stranger Things' star plays Madison Russell, an extremely gifted kid, and the daughter of legendary scientists. Millie shares that she feels "extremely emotional" about the upcoming film. "We worked so hard on it so hopefully all our hard work pays off on screen."
'Stranger Things' fans know Millie for famously playing another powerful lead as Eleven on the Netflix hit show. When MEAWW asked her what Eleven would do if she met 'Godzilla', she quirkily responded that the show creators Duffer Brothers would answer that.
'Godzilla' may be the answer the world needs.