“You’re not f*ckable.”
These are the three words Princess Diaries actress Heather Matarazzo said she was greeted with at just 19 years old, after she arrived as a hopeful new actress in the City of Angels.
The now 32-year-old starlet, who admitted to once losing both the lead role in a feature film and her dignity, soon began to lend her voice to shed light on sexism in Hollywood.
But it wasn’t until recently that her message began to resonate, according to her.
“I’ve been fighting for equal rights amongst the gay and lesbian community and women’s rights (for years),” she told MTV News Friday. “It seems as though it’s starting, finally, to get more attention, so I feel people are noticing more.”
Breitbart News reported last week actress Rose McGowan was fired from her acting agency after she criticized a wardrobe description for a role she planned to audition for in an upcoming Adam Sandler film, which she found offensive.
A wardrobe note urged all actresses to show up to the audition wearing a “push up bra” to enhance cleavage.
McGowan was dropped from her agency a few days later.
“I just got fired by my wussy acting agent because I spoke up about the bullsh*t in Hollywood,” McGowan tweeted at the time.
Matarazzo now tells MTV she’s grateful for her female counterparts who backed McGowan during the controversy, this includes Jessica Chastain and Lexi Alexander.
“There’s a growing number of us. Lexi’s been talking about a growing equality in this industry for as long as I can remember, but getting to see more women that are of a higher visibility like Jessica Chastain- it’s really, really encouraging,” she said.
The alleged inequalities Matarazzo has witnessed working in the entertainment industry over the years eventually transpired into a February blog post, titled “What the F*ck is F*ckable?”
In the piece, the actress provides a detailed account of the first time, but not last, she didn’t match up to Hollywood’s standards… because she was “unf*ckable.”
“The bigger point that I was making in that blog was the perception that I have about myself, and how easy it is to advocate one’s own power based off what other people say. You’re saying I’m not f*ckable; then that must be true,” said Matarazzo.
“Getting to the other side of that and saying ‘oh, that’s a lie, that’s actually not true’… that’s when my perception changed about myself,” she continued.
Matarazzo now hopes to instill a newfound confidence in other women in Hollywood and feels grateful for those who doubted her.
“I’m grateful to all of the people, whether they are producers, casting directors, agents, investors who said, ‘Nope, she’s not f*ckable. She’s talented, we love her, but she’s not f*ckable,’ Because, I am. I am f*ckable,” said Matarazzo.
“And no, you can’t f*ck me. I’m taken,” she added.