Regina King on Selling Range at Cannes Movie Competition

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CANNES, FRANCE - JULY 16: Regina King attends Kering Women In Motion Talk during the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival on July 16, 2021 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images)

Regina King has been campaigning for diversity in Hollywood since the Cannes Film Festival. During an interview for the Kering Women in Motion Talk in France on July 16, the director and Oscar-winning actress expressed the need for more representation across the film industry and how she wants to lead the conversation through her work as a director. “We still have a way to go, but part of it will be, even if the audience doesn’t want to hear it, the conversations need to continue,” she said.

“Don’t let your fear silence you. Ask questions and listen to the answers. ”

The If Beale Street could talk star also pointed out that directing nicks for this week’s Emmy nominations are down 10 percent year-over-year, with women making up just 11 of 47 nominees for this year’s directing categories. When asked what her advice would be for a young woman or artist aiming for a career as a director, Regina urged: “Don’t let your fear silence you. Ask questions and listen to the answers. . targeted questions and listen to the answers and never feel like there is such a thing as a stupid question. The stupid question is the one that wasn’t asked. “

Regina, who made her debut feature film in 2020 One night in MiamiShe knows the path to change is not easy, which makes the struggle for diversity in Hollywood even more important. “There is no complete preparation,” she said. “There is never enough time, so choose your battles wisely because you don’t want to waste your time arguing over something that isn’t the most important thing or won’t advance the story.”

Efforts to achieve equal recognition for women in Hollywood continue, but Regina looks forward to future generations of women filmmakers telling their stories and expanding the need for diversity by sharing their talents with the world. “We need to shed light on the fact that things don’t reflect the rest of the world, especially in America,” she said. “This is our export to the world – films. We need to continue to want to see stories told by and from different perspectives. ”Watch Regina’s full interview here.