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'House of Cards' star: Trump has trumped us

AFP | 2017-05-19 06:15:25.0
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the United States Coast Guard Academy Commencement Ceremony in New London, Connecticut U.S., May 17 2017.
Image by: KEVIN LAMARQUE / REUTERS

House of Cards star Robin Wright - who plays a quietly Machiavellian first lady in the hit Netflix series - said yesterday that Michelle Obama should be the next US president.

The actress told reporters at the Cannes Film Festival that Donald Trump "has stolen all our ideas", speaking about the drama about a villainous head of state who stops at nothing to stay in the White House.

"We've got to see the hope somewhere, even if it is out there in the future," Wright, a prominent activist, said at a "Women in Motion" talk.

"Everyone is talking around the [water] cooler saying, 'What are we going to do?'.

"In 2022 I want Michelle Obama there. She would be a great female president. It does take time to break the mould and change the psychology.

"Maybe it's going to take a little more time for Michelle to get that message through."

Wright, 51, who is starring soon in Wonder Woman, which she called the "first female superhero movie", also said "it's time the film industry addressed its gaping gender imbalance".

With only 7% of films directed by women, according to estimates, she said the problem was obvious.

"There are women CEOs who are making billions for their companies. Why can't we just implement that in the [film] industry? It's time.

"The problem today is that feminism has become a derogatory, diva-like word. Feminism means equality. Equal work for equal pay."

She said she first experienced blatant sexism early in her career.

"When I was 17 in Paris I went for a 'go see' [audition]. I thought they were just looking at my face, but the guy told me to lift up my top.

"I did, and he said, 'No, I like the other one's titties better'."

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