You gotta love Sophia Loren and her no-nonsense approach to life:
“You sacrifice yourself during the steps you have to make, to be able to arrive where you want to arrive,” she told The Hollywood Reporter at the Americans for the Arts’ National Arts Awards, held recently at Cipriani 42nd Street. The actress was given the Carolyn Clark Powers Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony that also honored Lady Gaga, Herbie Hancock, Maria Bell, Alice Walton and Joan and Irwin Jacobs.
However, in a time where much industry conversation is zooming in on all things women and Hollywood — from Jennifer Lawrence’s essay on the wage gap and Geena Davis’ fight for equal representation onscreen to the latest studies highlighting the lack of women behind the screen and in the boardrooms — Loren sees things as somewhat indiscriminate.
When asked if she thinks women sacrifice more than men in the film business, she shook her head no. Instead, the Two Women star, who became the first woman to win a best actress Oscar for a performance in a language other than English, whispered, “I think you have to find the right people.”
Instead of bashing men and acting as if women are a pack of fragile flowers who can’t become successful because of their gender, Loren talks in a straight and truthful manner about what it takes to make it in Hollywood. You have to admire her honesty.