Julianne Moore calls for quotas to bring about gender parity in movie industry: 'You have to open doors'

Julianne Moore calls for quotas to bring about gender parity in movie industry: 'You have to open doors'

Julianne Moore is propagating for a greater need for gender parity in the Hollywood movie industry. The actress, on Wednesday, spoke about how larger efforts are needed in order for the movie industry to reach gender parity, and that means implementing quotas.

"We will not have gender parity unless everybody is cooperating. Women are not a special interest group. We're 52 percent of the global population," Moore said during an event at the Cannes Film Festival. "In order to restore the balance, I do think that there will be, that we will need some measures to change our culture."

"We will have to make major changes to reach parity. That's just a fact. So, I do believe in quotas. I really do," the 'Hunger Games' actress added. "I believe in trying to level the playing field for everybody regardless of their gender or their culture or ethnicity. You have to open doors."

Julianne Moore attends the "Rocketman" Gala Party during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)


Moore was speaking on Wednesday at a Mastercard MasterClass event alongside Werner Herzog and Xavier Dolan. As for her appearance in Cannes, the actress is starring in the short film 'The Staggering Girl' directed by Luca Guadagnino, which is playing in the Directors' Fortnight section.

While gender quotas still remain to be included in Hollywood, they're more common in Europe where filmmaking is often partly supported by public money. Sweden, Norway, and Ireland have instituted 50-50 quotas in allocating public funds for male and female filmmakers, including the British Film Institute.

Meanwhile, it was additionally reported that women made up 8 percent of directors on the top 250 films at the U.S. box office last year, down from 11 percent the year before, according to a study in January from San Diego State University's Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film.

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