Happy Birthday: Catherine Hardwicke

catherinehardwicke.jpgCatherine Hardwicke

Born: October 21, 1955 in Cameron, Texas, USA

[on gender inequality in Hollywood] When I had some tears on Twilight (2000), during a storm and we couldn’t film, I went behind a tree in the forest, I cried for like 30 seconds and I came back and finished the day. (…) I had a $150,000-a-day pressure. Most directors scream. We’ve seen videos of it. They yell. They fire people. They don’t come out of their trailer. Some people drink. Some people bring hookers. Everyone reacts to the extra pressure in different ways. Well, I just thought, “I’ll go over there and cry for a second and come back.” Someone saw, and reported it. I’m suddenly labeled “emotional.” And yet, now I’ve learned of two instances of male directors who cried on set and they got a standing ovation, because they were so sensitive. Of course it’s a double standard. Of course it’s gender bias. I’ve never gone over budget, and my movies have made a ton of money. Still, I get labeled whatever code word they want to label me. I’ve had 20 movies since Thirteen (2003) that I’ve tried to get made. On Red Riding Hood (2011), I had to take a 57 percent pay cut right after I created a $400 million movie and a huge franchise. [2015]

RED RIDING HOOD
dir. Catherine Hardwicke
Stars:
Amanda Seyfried
Lukas Haas
TwilightTwilight
2008
dir. Catherine Hardwicke
Starring
Stewart
Robert Pattinson
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