Iconic”extraterrestrial“Actress, Sigourney WeaverShe has expressed her fervent wish for more women to take charge and be adequately portrayed on screen.
Known for her breakthrough role as Ellen Ripley in the popular film series, Weaver has inspired many by breaking down barriers and defying stereotypes for female characters in Hollywood.
She opened up about her new film, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, noting that what stands out for her is the close bond between the women in it.
Read on to find out more.
Sigourney Weaver wants more women on screen
Throughout her illustrious career, the ‘Ghostbusters’ actress has proven that women can excel in action-packed roles traditionally reserved for male protagonists.
Her portrayal of Ellen Ripley, an intelligent and resilient warrant officer, in the Oscar-winning sci-fi horror classic Alien has become an iconic symbol of women’s empowerment in cinema.
In a recent conversation with parade magazinethe actress called for portraying women on screen “as interesting as women are”.
“Well, I think we’ve always had heroines like that. Even the movies of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s had Bette Davis. Nobody would help her [so she helped herself]’ Weaver said.
She then commented that she was “lucky” to have portrayed the iconic role because she was able to play a strong woman and didn’t have to “look a certain way” like many female stars in the film have to.
Sigourney Weaver believes women’s roles are being diluted
In her discussion with paradeWeaver passionately emphasized that while there are countless diverse and incredible women in the real world, their portrayals on screen often fail to capture their full potential and complexity.
She noted that while the tides are changing, it took “a long time” for things to change and for “normal women” to be portrayed for their “strength,” “resilience,” and “independence.”
“There are so many different types of women, and most aren’t portrayed on screen as interesting and capable as women. so diverse and so incredible,” Weaver told the publication.
“For me, women are the ones who hold the planet together. I reflect on what I see, but I’m thrilled to have played a role like Ripley,” she added.
“I felt like it was my ‘Henry V’ because there weren’t any roles like that for women in theater or film. So I’ve been fortunate to work with Walter Hill, David Giler and Ridley Scott and to be able to tell the truth about Ripley.”
She loves the dynamic between women in her new film
In her conversation with paradeWeaver spoke about her new movie The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart. The 73-year-old actress highlighted the notable aspect that spoke to her the most – the powerful portrayal of women supporting one another.
She said enthusiastically, “I think the spirit of Holly’s book and the spirit of writing these shows.”
Weaver continued, “Yes, these women have a history of damage and yet for the most part when you watch the show these women are so there for each other and there is so much humour, resilience and Aussie friendship.”
“I have enjoyed my time with the Flowers, the women who come to my farm to escape a violent household. They were such incredible actors and people that there was always more light than darkness in them for me,” she added.
Sigourney Weaver will not reprise her role in Alien
In a bittersweet reveal, Weaver shared that she has said goodbye to the legendary Alien franchise that made her a household name. “The ship has sailed,” she said with nostalgia and satisfaction during a heartfelt interview with total movie magazine (via game wheels).
After playing the indomitable Ellen Ripley in several “Alien” films, her departure seemingly marks the end of the legendary film series. Weaver’s breakthrough performance as Ripley not only shattered gender stereotypes, but cemented her status as a breakthrough actress in Hollywood.
“All sorts of younger actors are taking on this role,” she said. “And there was an ‘Alien’ that I wanted to do with Neill Blomkamp and we couldn’t do that but, you know, the ship has sailed. I’m passionate about what I do. I invested my time in space.”