Tessa Thompson is taking up the Time’s Up mantel and challenging others in Hollywood to make a difference by opening the door for female directors.
In a speech she delivered Saturday at the Art + Inclusion session during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, the “Westworld” star announced the latest initiative from Time’s Up: the 4 per cent challenge, which asks actors and producers to work with more female directors over the next 18 months.
“Because only 4 per cent of the top 100 studio films over the last decade have been directed by women, Time’s Up is initiating a challenge, the 4 per cent challenge, and I intend to take it,” she said.
“I commit to working with a female director in the next 18 months.”
Thompson, 35, took to Twitter to add some details, noting that she’s also committed to “doubling the number of women and POC journalist[s] covering the films I have coming out this year.”
It didn’t take long for Thompson to receive the support of fellow actresses Brie Larson, Jurnee Smollett and Kerry Washington.