"Obviously, we’re in a world where there’s still massive gender inequality. There’s inequality across the board, but gender inequality specifically. We’re still earning 75 cents to the male dollar, which is ludicrous. You watch a film that’s set 40 years ago, and it’s so sexist, and at the end of the day, not that much has changed. These are still the exact same issues that we’re dealing with. On a personal level, we’re in an industry that’s kind of the more backward that there is — that, and sports. We still pick up scripts and you’re there to service the men, you’re the 'girlfriend of,' or the one-night stand. So often you read these two-dimensional female characters when all the male characters are so developed. It’s a story I wanted to tell because it’s representing all these really strong women, and I was surrounded by a predominantly female cast, which is just unheard of. "
Did the film's message inspire you in your own life?
"Absolutely. Meeting Billie Jean King has probably been the most inspirational part of all of this — all of the women involved, as well. You’ve got Emma [Stone] and Andrea [Riseborough] , and Sarah [Silverman], all these strong women who stand up for what they believe in, are unafraid to voice their opinions. That in itself has been amazing. But meeting Billie Jean King and seeing the way that she deals with these issues; she’s so humble, she’s so gentle, she’s measured, she is thoughtful — she’s a next-level human."
What do you hope young women take away from the film?
"I hope that they take away a certain responsibility. Women need to start speaking up. So often, you don’t want to rock the boat, you don’t want to be the person who’s making waves. For instance in our industry, if women stand up for themselves, they get branded as a diva, or difficult. If a man does, it just is what it is. We need to try and all start speaking up for ourselves and standing up for ourselves and other women, so that we can try to get rid of all those stereotypes that are attached to being a strong woman who has a voice. "