Goldie Hawn says #MeToo is changing Hollywood’s patriarchal nature and reveals atmosphere was ‘sleazy’ earlier
“Back then we had to make our way around the patriarchal society, how men, the culture and the world, looked at women. A lot of it could be sleazy. I went through that,” the award-winning actress said
Goldie Hawn, who won an Oscar at the age of 24 for her role in 1969’s ‘Cactus Flower’, thinks that the #MeToo movement is changing Hollywood and also creating a safer environment for women. The 74-year-old actress also admitted that things were tough when she started her acting career.
Speaking with the Guardian, Hawn said: “Back then we had to make our way around the patriarchal society, how men, the culture and the world, looked at women. A lot of it could be sleazy. I went through that.”
“A lot of it could be: ‘You’re powerful now; who do you think you are?’ Some of it is stopping women from doing the things they want to do, and in relationships, making women feel bad about themselves,” she added.
‘The First Wives Club’ actress, who did not make a film for 15 years after her fifties, surprised her fans in 2017 after making her comeback opposite Amy Schumer in 'Snatched'. Hawn, who is one of the biggest film stars of the '70s and '80s, explained: “I wasn't going to wait for a phone to ring. And I certainly wasn't going to continue to produce, because I produced for like 25 years and I didn't want to do that anymore. I'd done it, I did it, it was done. Great, but now it's time to move on.”
In her interview, Hawn also revealed that her “interests are vast” as she added, “I’m fascinated with the human condition, spirituality, and religiosity.” Her vast interests led her to found Mind Up in 2003, an evidence-based, social-emotional learning curriculum for children from age four to 13 years.
“Our children are now online, looking at things that their brains are not developed enough to understand. We have to know that we have to calm down so we can make great decisions. The Mind Up children have control over their own minds, their fear. They know what to do, to breathe and focus and do a brain break,” she said.
Hawn also talked about how to be positive during the coronavirus lockdown as most of the cities around the world are facing the pandemic. She advised people to “think of three things that went well today” before they go to bed. “I don’t care if it’s a little crazy thing – it doesn’t matter. Take some music you love and if you can’t dance, go do 10 minutes of jumping jacks. Get yourself all cheered up,” she added.
The mother-of-three also focused on the power of meditation during the interview as she thinks it helped her to "stabilize" her mind. She shared, “The more important thing is not what the title is on it, because meditation is just the way you train your brain to quiet down and so forth. There are all kinds of names for it now. But my experience was visceral, it was amazing."
Recalling an incident when she was 26, she said, “I rediscovered something in that one sitting. I can't explain the joy that was brought back to me. It was a transformational 'Aha!' moment for me. It stabilized my mind and gave me a piece of my interior that was all mine. No one could touch it. It was my internal universe and it's something I've been doing ever since.”