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Actresses Cotillard, Watts, Hathaway, Weisz, Field, Hunt & Adams Talk Fear, Fame, Nudity & Gender at THR Roundtable

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 20, 2012 at 2:40PM

This year's THR Actress Roundtable features a smattering of lead and supporting actress contenders: Marion Cotillard ("Rust and Bone"), Naomi Watts ("The Impossible"), Helen Hunt ("The Sessions"), Anne Hathaway ("Les Miserables"), Sally Field ("Lincoln"), Rachel Weisz ("The Deep Blue Sea") and Amy Adams ("The Master"). The women discussed career challenges, the roles they've had to turn down, fight for, and the ones they're hungry to play, and gender imbalance in the industry. Check out some highlights below as well as our interviews with Cotillard, Watts and Weisz.
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Sally Field at THR cover shoot

And recovering from a role can take time. Cotillard recalls the period of her life following "La Vie En Rose," which took a long time to come out of. She also felt the need to do a major clean-up of old relationships in her life. She says, "[When] you go deep inside yourself, even if it's with a opens things inside of you..just things that you don't want to carry anymore that you need to heal."

On the hurdles of fame, the actresses agree that the paparazzi is enemy number one, especially since most of them have or are planning to have children. Adams admits, "I am going to get into an altercation withe the papparazzi--it's going to happen."

What else makes them angry? "Lots of things," says Cotillard, who says that it's hard to find producers and directors "with an imagination that will take you places that other people didn't think you were good for." She considers her "La Vie En Rose" director, Olivier Dahan, one of the few.

As for the gender divide in the industry, the women rallied to ask THR if they asked the same questions at the Actors Roundtable. Hathaway seemed the most optimistic for positive change and Weisz thanked Fields for paving the way. But, reminds Adams, "You are told constantly that you have a shelf life [as an actress]," and she doubts that it's the same for men.

Watch the complete roundtable below:

This article is related to: Headliners, Marion Cotillard, Naomi Watts, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt, Lincoln, Rust and Bone, Les Miserables, The Impossible, Interviews, Interviews , Awards, Academy Awards, Awards, Oscars, Video, Video

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.