Acting in Europe is “easier,” according to Léa Seydoux, because Hollywood is “harsh on women.”

Regarding her career as an actor in America, the ‘Dune: Part Two’ actress remarked, “Women find it difficult to age. I don’t want to live in fear of losing my job or being unattractive.”

Actress Léa Seydoux revealed that she finds acting in Europe to be “easier” than in America.

The French actress recently talked candidly to Harper’s Bazaar U.K. about her experiences working on American projects. She has played in several major Hollywood series, including James Bond films Spectre and No Time to Die, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and Dune: Part Two.

“The American industry… It’s tough on women, in my opinion,” Seydoux said. Women have a difficult time aging. I don’t want to live in constant fear of losing my job or becoming unattractive. In America, everything is economic, and you lose your freedom when it comes to earning money. I find it uncomfortable that you have to check every box. In Europe, it’s simpler for women to appear on screen.

The Beast actress did, however, go on to state that she is “really satisfied” with the roles she has been offered thus far in her Hollywood career, adding, “I take what I get!”

“I’m not annoyed,” she declared. “Directing a Hollywood picture as a non-American is difficult.”

Seydoux recently stated to IndieWire that she believes “that in America, people have more imagination,” which is one of the reasons she continues to hunt for opportunities in Hollywood. However, she admitted in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar U.K. that she feels “more at ease” and has “more freedom” in her role as an actor in Europe since it “fits” her.

She remarked, “I’m just trying to have fun; I’m not trying to be popular.” You have to fit in to survive in America. My desire is for the system to adjust to me, not for me to adjust to the system!”

Not just Seydoux, but other actresses have also talked about how difficult it is for women to get roles in Hollywood. Phoebe Dynevor, a Bridgerton grad, stated in an interview with The Evening Standard earlier this year that, when it comes to roles for men, there are “not that many parts going” for women when she reads scripts. “A male actor has a certain place in the industry,” she said at the time.

Additionally, Greta Lee mentioned to Margot Robbie during the Jar Movie actress roundtable last year that the Barbie star founded LuckyChap because “the men always had the best parts in the scripts you’re getting,” a statement that Robbie later confirmed.

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