Vanessa Kirby has claimed the #MeToo movement has helped create more ‘three-dimensional’ roles for women in film and TV.
The Crown star, 32, reflected on how the industry changed in the wake of the crusade in a new interview in Esquire UK’s Jan/Feb 2021 issue, which was released on Thursday.
Discussing there being more roles for women and how she wanted to see ‘more human’ depictions of them on screen, she said: ‘[There is now] an active desire for people in power to create [fully realised, three-dimensional] parts for women.
‘I want to see women who are humans’: Vanessa Kirby claimed in an interview on Thursday that the #MeToo movement has helped create more ‘three-dimensional’ roles for actresses
‘And a realisation that female-led movies can make money. I’m really excited by that. There are so many stories about women that haven’t been told.
‘And it’s not about putting a woman in a male role and her playing the equivalent of the masculine alpha. Which I also can’t identify with. I don’t feel like I recognise that person, this invincible woman.
‘I want to see women who are humans. I want to see those really raw, big journeys that [female characters] used to have. I really feel that’s my mission, to play a part in bringing that back.’
Reflecting: Vanessa said of how things have changed in the industry: ‘[There is now] an active desire for people in power to create [fully realised, three-dimensional] parts for women’
Vanessa made a name for herself when she portrayed Princess Margaret in Netflix’s first and second season of The Crown, which she told the publication was ‘a gift.’
Looking back at the role, and how she wanted to challenge herself, Vanessa said: ‘I think I’ve always wanted to do the thing that demanded the most from me. I’ve always looked for that.
‘She’s this incredible mixture, this huge colour palette. She has this range, that’s what’s so fun to play. On a piano it’s all the scales.
Thoughts: Vanessa said of roles for actresses: ‘I want to see women who are humans. I want to see those really raw, big journeys… I feel that’s my mission, to play a part in bringing that back’
‘Those people are rare, especially on screen. I loved her for that. She was the strongest person, the most potent energy.
‘Intense as hell. A major life force. Burn bright, live hard. And at the same time, underneath, like a scared little girl. It was just a gift of a part. I’ll never forget it.’
Vanessa is set to return to Netflix with her new film Pieces Of A Woman, which sees her play a woman struggling with her grief after losing her baby.
Star power: Vanessa made a name for herself when she portrayed Princess Margaret in Netflix’s The Crown, which she said was ‘a gift’ as it ‘demanded the most from [her]’
To prepare for the part, Vanessa met with women who experienced stillbirths, and she said of doing so: ‘I had to understand what it’s like to be expecting your first kid, which I’ve never done. I had to understand birth and labour.
‘I had never seen that in real life. And then understand the grief of not having that person that you’ve been preparing for in your life.
‘I spent so much time with her and I realised I have a duty to her to do her story justice, as authentically as I possibly can. That became the great responsibility of it.’
Another woman allowed her to witness her birth, and Vanessa reflected: ‘I sat there with my scrubs on and I watched for five or six hours as she went through this really difficult birth, with no painkillers.
‘An emergency button was pressed, forceps were used, it was so mind-blowing. I couldn’t have done it without that amazing woman giving me that gift.’
The Jan/Feb 2021 issue of Esquire UK is on sale from 27th November
New venture: Vanessa also spoke about how she prepared for her film Pieces Of A Woman, and detailed how she met with women who had experienced stillbirths to do the story ‘justice’