Elizabeth Banks recalls sexist treatment from the first talent agent she ever met

Actor Elizabeth Banks attends attends Women In Film 2017 Crystal + Lucy Awards Presented By Max Mara And BMW at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 13, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

In attendance at the Women in Film Los Angeles’ Crystal + Lucy Awards on Tuesday, actress/director/producer Elizabeth Banks shared a story from the beginning of her career. Unfortunately, it was a recollection of how she had to learn to deal with misogyny in the entertainment industry — starting from her very first meeting with an agent.

“The first agent I ever met in this industry told me to get a boob job,” said Banks during her acceptance speech, according to People magazine. “I was so grateful that I didn’t have enough money at the time to follow his advice. I also did not sign with him despite that.”

Actresses aren’t alone in suffering from the consequences of Hollywood sexism. In an essay written earlier this year, Smash creator Theresa Rebeck revealed that the “misogyny” in writing rooms “is beyond anything that people believe.”

Writers, she revealed, would task her with writing the “girl scenes” and subject her to sexually-charged jokes — before castigating her when she told them they were being inappropriate.

Read the full story at The Wrap.


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