Hollywood’s Funny Women Talk Sexism, Racism & More During Roundtable Discussion

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The Hollywood Reporter holds roundtable discussions all the time featuring celebrities talking about the industry and their experiences. Usually, they’re held when a major awards show is on the horizon. This one specifically features television comedy actresses for the publication’s Emmy coverage.

Lena Dunham (Girls), Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer), Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin), Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish), Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), and Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) open up about sexism and racism within the industry. It’s interesting to hear their thoughts and, more importantly, situations they’ve encountered blatant misogyny. It’s shocking in this day and age that it’s as prevalent as it is in Hollywood.

The full episode doesn’t premiere until Sunday, August 16, but snippets from each lady have been shared. Based on what I’ve seen, I can’t wait to watch it. These ladies are articulate, hilarious and charming. Check out a clip featuring each actress below. They’re definitely worth watching.

Lena Dunham On ‘Girls’ Racial Backlash: “It Was an Educational, Painful Process for Me”

Tracee Ellis Ross: “I Think Racism Usually Trumps” Sexism in Hollywood

Ellie Kemper on Kimmy Schmidt Character: “She is Very Girlishly Powerful”

Amy Schumer on the Power of Self-Deprecation: “It’s Definitely Very Important to Me”

Gina Rodriguez: “I’m a Brown Girl. I Have to Cross All the Lines Just to Be Known.”

Kate McKinnon on Playing Hillary Clinton: “I Feel Immense Pressure”