Of all the reasons audiences have absolutely loved the Pitch Perfect franchise, we can bet drooling over the main cast wasn’t exactly top of the list – though we can all agree they are bunch of powerful babes.
The franchise’s star Anna Kendrick revealed some of the more demoralising demands made of her whilst filming Pitch Perfect 3 – and of course she wasn’t having it. She told Harper’s Bazaar, “It’s funny – whenever we do the wardrobe fittings I feel like we get notes from the top saying they should be tighter and sexier and show more skin… And I’m like, that’s not why people are coming to see the movie. They definitely aren’t showing up because of our sex appeal.” In fact, quite the opposite: it seems that people have taken to the movies precisely because they embrace a variety of personalities and body images as beautiful; indeed Kendrick says, “It’s nice that audiences are interested in seeing a movie of misfits and girls of different shapes and sizes.”
This attempt to objectify a cast of already beloved characters inevitably led to a discussion of the sex abuse scandal gripping Hollywood, and the obstacles faced by females not only in the film industry, but across all industries. Discussing the matter with friends, Kendrick revealed a hope to broaden the debate, “I spoke to friends the other day, one who works in tech, and one who works in marketing, and I said, I’m so glad this is happening and I hope it continues to happen in industries that are less visible, that isn’t just Hollywood and politics… And that when women report it in any industry, they are believed.” We couldn’t agree more, and we hope that these instances of reclaiming boundaries help move things along in a healthier direction. After all, we love seeing strong women on screen, or anywhere, not for the amount of skin they show, but for how empowered they make us feel.