Minnie Driver says ‘don’t just hire a woman as a film-maker so it will tick that box’

‘Don’t just hire a woman as a film-maker so it will tick that box’: Minnie Driver believes ‘shoe-horning doesn’t solve the problem’ as she discusses political correctness in Hollywood

Minnie Driver has spoken out about ‘tick boxing’ in Hollywood and believes there is an ‘awful lot of shoe-horning.’ 

The actress, 52, was promoting her memoir Managing Expectations at London’s Conway Hall on Monday night where she broached the topic of political correctness. 

The Goodwill Hunting star said: ‘Don’t just hire a woman as a film-maker so it will tick that box.

‘Don’t just hire a woman as a film-maker so it will tick that box’: Minnie Driver believes ‘shoe-horning doesn’t solve the problem’ as she discussed political correctness in Hollywood (pictured in March)

‘There’s an awful lot of ‘shoe-horning’ and it doesn’t solve the problem. Instead, we should be sharing knowledge and mentoring, so the women who are given jobs happen to be the best candidates anyway.’  

The event comes amid her claims that her star-making turn almost didn’t come to pass after now-disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein objected to her presence in The Goodwill Hunting.

The film star claimed to the Times of London over the weekend that the 70-year-old convicted sex offender said that ‘Nobody would want to f*** her’ ahead of production.  

Speaking out: The actress, 52, was promoting her memoir Managing Expectations at London's Conway Hall on Monday night where she broached the topic of political correctness (pictured on Tuesday)

Speaking out: The actress, 52, was promoting her memoir Managing Expectations at London’s Conway Hall on Monday night where she broached the topic of political correctness (pictured on Tuesday)

Despite Weinstein’s offensive comments, the producers fought for her to remain on the picture, as did Matt Damon, who starred in the lead role and co-wrote the film with his friend and costar Ben Affleck.

‘I remember feeling so devastated until I realised, “Hold on, just consider the source for a minute. That is an unutterable pig — why on earth are you worried about this f*** saying that you are not sexy?”‘ she recalled.  

She added that she balanced the relief of not being targeted like some of Weinstein’s other victims with the knowledge that he could still kneecap her career.

Traumatising: The event comes amid her claims that her star-making turn almost didn't come to pass after now-disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein objected to her presence in The Goodwill Hunting (pictured August 2021)

Traumatising: The event comes amid her claims that her star-making turn almost didn’t come to pass after now-disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein objected to her presence in The Goodwill Hunting (pictured August 2021)

‘But there are ramifications of that: that maybe I am not going to be hired because people don’t think I have the sexual quality that is required,’ she continued. ‘How awful to think that I was one of the lucky ones [who escaped him] because he didn’t think I was f***able. 

‘And how amazing and wonderful that it has turned around and young men and women in my industry are not going to experience that.’

Weinstein, who is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence, claimed in a statement that he merely wanted Ashley Judd for the role instead of Minnie. 

Cruel: 'Nobody would want to f*** her,' Weinstein reportedly said, which left Minnue feeling 'devastated (Harvey pictured December 2014)

Cruel: ‘Nobody would want to f*** her,’ Weinstein reportedly said, which left Minnue feeling ‘devastated (Harvey pictured December 2014)

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