Catherine Zeta Jones talks diversity, roles for women and theatre plans

Catherine Zeta Jones has joined in the discussion about diversity in Hollywood.

The Oscar-winning actress, who is starring in the new Dad’s Army movie, was asked about roles for women over 40 in a webchat for the Mumsnet website earlier today, and got to talking about the current debate about diversity in Hollywood.

“It’s not that there aren’t great stories to be told about women in their 40s, it’s just that the big bosses in Hollywood feel that the demographic of moviegoers are less interested. I wanted to be in film because I was brought up watching great performances by women in their 40s.
There’s talk in Hollywood about diversity right now, and it’s a good conversation to be had, and necessary. But when we say diversity, let’s mean diversity for actors with ethnic differences, age differences, and sex differences.

“Regarding the diversity issues that are sweeping Hollywood at the moment, I still find it sad that we’re even discussing this at this time. But in the defence of the Academy Oscar voters, they can only vote on what they see. Let’s go back to the writers, to the filmmakers and more importantly, the studios who finance movies, to get them to have projects where at least diversity has a chance.”
She also said that she is looking forward to going back to Broadway in the near future to do a play – not a musical – something she has never done before.

“I am very excited about that prospect,” she said.