Women in Hollywood

A Hollywood revolution? Pregnant women are suddenly showing up on the silver screen

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: Actors Zac Efron, Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen participate in SiriusXM's 'Town Hall' with the cast of 'Neighbors 2' at SiriusXM Studios on May 18, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

A women’s revolution is going on in Hollywood, and it’s not the one we’re used to hearing about. While women continue to fight for better roles and opportunities to direct and produce, this revolution may be quietly changing the way women — particularly pregnant women — are depicted on screen. According to an article in Vanity Fair, TV shows and movies are giving screen time to pregnant women in ways they never have before. On the TV show, The Night Manager, for instance, Angela Burr leads the show as an intriguing — and pregnant — spy. But her pregnancy is barely ever mentioned, and is not part of the storyline at all.

“People get pregnant; it’s a perfectly normal human condition. Being pregnant isn’t being ill. Spies do get pregnant, so they went with it,” actress Olivia Colman, who plays Barr, told VF.  On the Starz network’s Outlander, actress Caitriona Balfe was shown having sex with her husband while pregnant, and the directors and network didn’t try to cover her body under the sheets. In the episode, the character Claire is shown “with an impressive prosthetic belly astride her husband,” according to the piece. The trend even shows up on big screen comedies such as the movie Neighbors 2, starring Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen, and Zac Efron, where Byrne is shown being pregnant and being hit on by Efron.

“I loved dispelling this myth that pregnant women are saints and don’t have feelings and don’t get frustrated or bored or lonely or scared,” Byrne said. “It’s a far more realistic representation of what’s going through someone’s mind when they’re about to give birth to another human being. That was really refreshing and challenging. I don’t think people are comfortable with watching that.”

Read the full story at Vanity Fair.

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