6 Young Actors Who Are Breaking Free of Hollywood’s Ingenue Trope | L.A. Weekly
In many ways, the modern starlet — a diminutive term for which there is no male counterpart — can be credited to Woody Allen, a man who himself has been long plagued by accusations of sexual misconduct and abuse; it was Allen’s ongoing work with female muses in movies such as Annie Hall, Zelig and Match Point that helped bring the ingenue offscreen. As the entertainment industry began to use the term to describe lead actresses Mia Farrow, Diane Keaton, Scarlett Johansson and Emma Stone, both on- and offscreen, these leads enjoyed powerful rises to fame. But critical acclaim garnered in this way comes at the cost of being typecast for a singular role and public persona — and it has lasting consequences. “[Naming] new young actresses as ’ingenues’ and ’it girls’ only reinforces the damaging media narrative that women’s value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality, rather than in their artistic ability and capacity to lead,” Jennifer Siebel Newsom, maker of the documentary Miss Representation and founder of nonprofit the Representation Project, says via email.
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