Eva Longoria

 “I think it’s important, once the door’s open and you’re there, to leave the door open for other women. I produce and direct a show called ‘Grand Hotel’ and I said I wanted a female DP. The consensus is always, ‘Yeah, we didn’t think of that, sure,’ and then they send female names.  When I hired her, she makes sure the camera crew hires women. Both my assistant directors were female, our stunt co-ordinator was female, our editors were female, seven out of 12 directors that we used were female.”

If a female director’s movie doesn’t do well then it’s “She can’t direct,’ and that isn’t true. We have to continue to develop this pipeline of talent. The other thing is the critics and journalists. When a movie comes out by a woman and a male critic says, “I don’t get it,” that tanks the movie. So we have to change the balance of women critics. You need to be in a leadership position to demand that balance.”

“I recently did a movie where I didn’t have equal pay. You go, ‘How is this still happening?’ The great thing about #MeToo and #TimesUp is women are talking about it. The reality is there’s room for everybody.”

“Girls come up to me and say, ‘I want to be famous like you.’ Cure cancer, be an astronaut. Fame is not a goal; it’s a by-product. I always tell everybody, touch every rung of the ladder.”

“I’m really lucky that I’m in an industry where my son’s always with me. I was breastfeeding when I was directing ‘Grand Hotel’. Because we need to normalise that too.  We’re moms, it happens.  Women do it every day, balancing work and raising children. Just for me I’m really lucky. He’s just constantly with me. The only surprise with motherhood was my activism and charitable work has a sense of urgency now. As if I wasn’t active enough, now there’s just this urgency and nervousness in my stomach. My biggest fear is leaving a world worse than it is today.”