Pitch Perfect has become a cultural phenomenon since its 2012 debut, featuring a cast of insanely talented women of all different shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. But Anna Kendrick says those same women experienced some seriously sexist pressure from execs behind the scenes while filming the franchise, who insisted that the stars “show more skin.”
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Kendrick opened up about her experiences in fittings for Pitch Perfect 3, saying, “It’s funny — whenever we do the wardrobe fittings I feel like we get notes from the top saying they should be tighter and sexier and show more skin. And I’m like, that’s not why people are coming to see the movie. They definitely aren’t showing up because of our sex appeal.” Oof!
She added, “It’s nice that audiences are interested in seeing a movie of misfits and girls of different shapes and sizes.”
Of course, this isn’t the first controversy the film has faced with regard to its wardrobe. Earlier this year, fans were up in arms over some behind-the-scenes photos of the cast, alleging size discrimination when it appeared that curvier cast members such as Rebel Wilson and Ester Dean were given outfits that covered more skin than their co-stars.
Costume designer Salvadore Perez quickly squashed the claims, however, taking to Twitter to reveal that he actually let each of the ladies choose their own outfits, saying, “I let each actor decide how their costume fit, it was their choice, Rebel, Ester & Hana Mae wanted sleeves.”
While Kendrick’s admission is disappointing to hear, she does say she’s seen some forward movement with regard to equality in the film industry. “This year I’ve done a bunch of movies where I was the first person cast — even if I wasn’t the lead character and there was a male lead which was a bigger role — it’s just anecdotal, and just this year, but it was nice,” she said.
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