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Anna Kendrick blasts Hollywood sexism in new interview

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Marilyn Malara
Anna Kendrick says gender bias is alive and well in Hollywood and that she has experienced it first hand. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Anna Kendrick says gender bias is alive and well in Hollywood and that she has experienced it first hand. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, May 7 (UPI) -- Anna Kendrick joined the ranks of other irritated stars like Kristen Stewart, Emma Watson and Amy Schumer when she spoke out against sexism in Hollywood.

The Pitch Perfect 2 actress spoke to Glamour magazine about her dissatisfaction with the treatment of women in the industry, citing this year's Oscar nominated films for best picture as an example.

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"All the films nominated this year had male leads. Like, every single one," she said. "So I'm glad that [gender equality's] feeling like a bigger issue now."

Kendrick revealed a certain trend she noticed when producers are choosing actors for a film -- female roles are usually decided upon last.

"There's [a film I'm considering] now where I have to wait for all the male roles to be cast before I can even become a part of the conversation," she said. She admitted that part of her understands, but "part of me is like 'What the [expletive]?' You have to cast the females based on who's cast as males?'"

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Kendrick was nominated for the best supporting actress Oscar in 2010 for her role in Up in the Air opposite George Clooney.

She explains that she stands by the assumption that there are "10 unbelievably talented women for every role," even when "from a business standpoint it's easier to find women to match men."

Competition is part of the business for all actors in Hollywood, but the Up in the Air star says it's different for women because of the apparent gender bias. "If anything, it bonds you because we're all dealing with the same problem," she said.

As Pitch Perfect 2 inches closer to its opening date, questions of whether the film is better suited for women than men have emerged. Kendrick isn't having any of that, telling Glamour that "It's not like the humor excludes men."

"My favorite thing on Twitter is guys being like, 'Listen: I'm not a pussy, but Pitch Perfect is awesome.' I'm like, 'I didn't think you were a pussy, sir.'"

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