Hollywood actress Michelle Rodriguez engaged in a candid discussion at the Red Sea International Film Festival's Talent Days forum, shedding light on her career trajectory and the evolving role of women in cinema. At the Ritz-Carlton in Jeddah, Rodriguez participated in an open discussion facilitated by Saudi actor Ibrahim Al-Hajjaj about the seeming division between old Hollywood and television, highlighting a tangible divide fueled by industry dynamics and vulnerability concerns.
Michelle Rodriguez, well-known for her memorable parts in thrilling blockbusters like the "Fast & Furious" series, stressed the essential collaborative aspect of production. She told the enthralled audience in her perceptive talk that films are more than just imaginative narratives; they are about a dynamic combination between collaboration and study.
The actress went on to discuss her strict selection criteria for films, stating her strong opposition to any movie that included nudity, demeaning portrayals of women, or characters associated with drug trade. Rodriguez declared that she is dedicated to provide young girls with alternative role models and that she will not play bad characters that reinforce stereotypes.
Reflecting on the evolving portrayal of women in the film industry, Rodriguez acknowledged positive transformations both on and off the screen. She conveyed optimism about the expanding opportunities for women, asserting that it is a pivotal moment for them to uncover and harness their inherent power.
In praising Mohammed Al-Turki, CEO of the Red Sea Film Foundation, Rodriguez lauded his unparalleled commitment to supporting women in the industry. She commended his noteworthy initiative of featuring more women in the film festival than any other globally, highlighting his unparalleled dedication to amplifying women's voices.
The Red Sea International Film Festival, presided over by Al-Turki, extends its cinematic celebration until December 9, providing a platform for diverse voices and perspectives in the world of film.