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Women Kick Ass at Comic-Con: Guys, Don't Mess with Michelle Rodriguez!

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by Anne Thompson
July 22, 2013 7:28 PM
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Tatiana Maslany in "Orphan Black"

TM: I'd like to see more representation of queer culture as well. So many gay films are personal, make it universal, about humanity about the personal becoming universal. So it becomes just a given. I hope to see a lesbian character as a lead... That would be incredible.

DG: 'Orange Is the New Black' is created by women, it's an insanely large female ensemble. You get to see Latina actresses, we've not seen that yet, on TV. Black women, queer culture, different religions. It's an amazing ensemble of people. That's life, that shouldn't be new to us. 

MR: I see strong women in franchises... in a realistic setting for things that are possible and tangible, so she feels it's closer to her than these far away fantasy situations.

TM: Every single woman and man in this room has something about us that makes us special, regardless of what we've done... Strength comes in the revealing of flaws, vulnerabilities, and intellectual or emotional strength. 

DG: I'm deeply connected to stories want told on larger scale, things women can do, I want their stories to be known more. Three African women won the Nobel prize in Liberia, for a reason. They stood up against Charles Taylor in the diamond war madness. They refused to back down until something changed, they used their intricate powerful feminine ways to stand up: 'You men aren't leaving the room.' They made sure to fight what happened to women and children when men sat around and had good time and resolved nothing. We don't know these stories. I'd love to see them put out to the world, to deeply give girls more understanding of their own power. 

MQ: Strength is in what you do every day. When somebody helps you at hotel. Teachers and nurses are always everyday heroes for me..Men are dumb to think we'd fight in heels. I hate to go from a scene in a dress to a fight scene.

MR: There's five different movies there. Let's make all that content into one movie, and translate into emotions the things that would make guys cringe. Cool, seriously! Too emotional turns people off. They'd rather watch a bunch of people get killed in a massive action sequence. Jim Cameron is great at walking the line of emotion, heart and commercial filming. I hope people will be inspired to write and get out there and put our voice out there. [Women] need more content. Support it.

Danai Gurira in 'Walking Dead'


10 Comments

  • Anne Thompson | August 26, 2013 8:06 PMReply

    EW's moderator was writer Sarah Vilkomerson.

  • cassandra | August 26, 2013 6:11 PMReply

    Can someone please tell me who the commentator was?

  • Brian | July 23, 2013 12:12 PMReply

    I like Michelle Rodriguez and Maggie Q but I hadn't heard of the other three before. I'm really impressed with Katee Sackhoff after reading this interview. Now I need to see her in something.

    I just wish Maggie Q had mentioned her Hong Kong work. There are way more women in action films in Hong Kong than in the U.S. I would like to especially cite SO CLOSE (2001), a very imaginative contemporary thriller directed by Corey Yuen which starred Shu Qi (THE TRANSPORTER), Vicki Zhao Wei (RED CLIFF) and Karen Mok (AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS). It's the one HK film I would enjoy seeing remade in Hollywood. (I see Rooney Mara and Ellen Page in two of the roles.)

  • ska-triumph | July 23, 2013 2:57 PM

    While it's great that you're so knowledgable of women in HK action films, per your examples, I wonder if you're from the US. The other three ladies - while newer to "The Game" have incredible building resumes right now. Of course there's BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, ORPHAN BLACK and THE WALKING DEAD but check out their dramatic work also. That's a good bit of physical, genre TV you haven't appeared to watch.

  • Marley | July 23, 2013 8:46 AMReply

    Thank's for posting this! When I heard about this panel, I was wishing I was there. They are all strong, empowering women who challenge the social roles of women on TV and film today. I would love to see more strong roles for women on TV and film, and I think the female audience is the key to perpetuating the trend of more women. We can show them that we want more movies and TV shows by supporting the shows on TV that give us these characters.

  • Nichola | July 23, 2013 5:21 AMReply

    Ok Davidc we get your point!

  • Elisabeth Fies | July 25, 2013 5:55 PM

    I'm not sure you do get David's point...when I talk to men in the comic and genre worlds, they have a huge whole in their hearts because there aren't enough Ripleys, Connors, and Scullys in our Millenial media. Not because they are attracted to these strong women physically (or else the shallow Lara Crofts would suffice). Men miss these characters and need them as much as women do...they like these characters as people, because they remind them of the single mothers who raised them, the sisters they loved, and the women they hoped to marry. Don't forget, portraying superficial women in media belittles real world men, too.

  • Elisabeth Fies | July 25, 2013 5:54 PM

    I'm not sure you do get David's point...when I talk to men in the comic and genre worlds, they have a huge whole in their hearts because there aren't enough Ripleys, Connors, and Scullys in our Millenial media. Not because they are attracted to these strong women physically (or else the shallow Lara Crofts would suffice). Men miss these characters and need them as much as women do...they like these characters as people, because they remind them of the single mothers who raised them, the sisters they loved, and the women they hoped to marry. Don't forget, portraying superficial women in media belittles real world men, too.

  • Elisabeth Fies | July 25, 2013 5:54 PM

    I'm not sure you do get David's point...when I talk to men in the comic and genre worlds, they have a huge whole in their hearts because there aren't enough Ripleys, Connors, and Scullys in our Millenial media. Not because they are attracted to these strong women physically (or else the shallow Lara Crofts would suffice). Men miss these characters and need them as much as women do...they like these characters as people, because they remind them of the single mothers who raised them, the sisters they loved, and the women they hoped to marry. Don't forget, portraying superficial women in media belittles real world men, too.

  • DavidC | July 23, 2013 3:15 AMReply

    There are more men than they may realize who are drawn to women like this. Especially at ComicCon, are you kidding me? The women in manga and anime, for starters.

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