During The Hollywood Reporter’s actress roundtable featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Williams, Michelle Yeoh, Danielle Deadwyler, Emma Corrin, and Claire Foy, Jennifer mentioned that it’s still hard for female directors out there because of the “emotional” label placed on women. But if you wanna see “emotional,” look no further than Bryan Singer as Jennifer roasted the director who she worked with on the X-Men reboot. I mean, if we’re listing overly-dramatic men who are accused abusers in Hollywood to avoid, we’ll be here all day!
Bryan Singer has a storied past of being a demonic asshole. Rami Malek said that working with him was “not pleasant” when the two did Bohemian Rhapsody–which Bryan was fired from because he would continuously miss work. Olivia Munn worked with him on X-Men Apocalypse with Jen, and she’s said that he disappeared from that set for 10 whole days. Bryan’s ex-boyfriend has talked about their allegedly abusive relationship, and–oh yeah–there was a huge The Atlantic exposé about how Bryan is allegedly a predator and groomer of underage boys. Bryan has called the accusations a “homophobic smear campaign.”
Jennifer Lawrence worked with Bryan on three of the X-Men reboot films (First Class, Days of Future Past, and Apocalypse) so she’s probably seen a “hissy fit” or two over the years from the director. via IndieWire:
“It did always just make us laugh about how we ended up with, “Women shouldn’t be in roles like this because we’re so emotional,”” Lawrence said. “I mean, I’ve worked with Bryan Singer. I’ve seen emotional men. I’ve seen the biggest hissy fits thrown on set.”
Jennifer then gushed about working with female director Lila Neugebauer on the Apple Original film, Causeway, which she acts in and also produces, saying it was the “calmest” movie-making experience she’s had:
“It was making me laugh when we were talking about the hours and stuff because it was just so interesting to be on a female-led movie,” Lawrence said. “My producing partner and I were the lead producers. We had a female director [Lila Neugebauer]. The schedule made sense. There were no huge fights. If an actor had a personal thing and wanted to leave early, instead of going, “Oh! Well, we’d all love to leave early!” we’d put our heads together and go, “OK. How can we figure this out?” We disagreed, and we listened to each other. Sometimes I was wrong and would learn that I was wrong, and sometimes I was right. It was incredible to not be around toxic masculinity. To get a little break from it.”
She added, “[Neugebauer’s] my third female director, and they are the calmest, best decision-makers I’ve ever worked with. I absolutely love working with female directors.”
Here’s the full roundtable, Jen starts talking about women directing at about 43:00:
Well, during her time in Hollywood Jennifer may have never met a female action star, but she’s sure met some loser male directors. And the laughter of those other women! They’ve also dealt with some shit. We need an exposé on the male directors of Hollywood and their hissy fits. We need a ranked list; the biggest Hissy Fits from a Male Director–Buzzfeed needs to get on it!