Susan Sarandon: There’s pressure on women in Hollywood to wear makeup at all times if they want to get jobs

Aimée Grant Cumberbatch
Time's Up: Susan Sarandon talks gender equality in Hollywood: ITV

Susan Sarandon has said there is a feeling in Hollywood that women have to wear makeup at all times or they could lose acting jobs.

In an interview on This Morning, the actress discussed the Me Too and Time’s Up movements, saying she felt things “had changed” in the film industry, but that there was “still a double standard”.

“I don’t live in [Hollywood]," she told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

"You do get the sense if you go to the grocery store and pick up a head of lettuce and you don’t have makeup on that you could be losing jobs.”

She continued: “I think there’s a sea change because people are being held up. Women are very much on the same page.

“You have to hold accountable the people who facilitated these things. Because there were women who spoke up but nobody listened.”

Sarandon also shared how she felt inequality needed to improve in other industries beyond film.

“It’s really important to understand that [Hollywood] might be the juicy story, but as long as we have this imbalance and we don’t have the minimum wage…” she said.

“If you’re working in a hotel and you have a family, what do you do if you’re harassed?”

Sarandon is one of hundreds of actresses and film industry insiders to have joined the Time’s Up initiative, which hopes to end sexual harassment in Hollywood and elsewhere.

This Morning continues weekdays at 10.30am on ITV.

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