Rachel Weisz discusses ‘unusual’ success of female-led movie The Favourite

Rachel Weisz has called for more female roles to be as ‘strong and complex’ as they were in the 40s and 50s. 

The actress, who has earned critical acclaim for her new movie The Favourite, has admitted that her role in the period comedy alongside two other female leads, Olivia Colman and Emma Stone, is ‘unusual’ given the ‘present time in cinema  and storytelling.’

Speaking to the Press Association, the British star, 48, candidly discussed the struggle for excellent and challenging scripts, not just for women, but for men in the industry as well.  

'Hard to find good writing': Rachel Weisz, 48, has called for more female roles to be as 'strong and complex' as they were in the 40s and 50s

'Hard to find good writing': Rachel Weisz, 48, has called for more female roles to be as 'strong and complex' as they were in the 40s and 50s

‘Hard to find good writing’: Rachel Weisz, 48, has called for more female roles to be as ‘strong and complex’ as they were in the 40s and 50s

The Favourite has already picked up coveted nominations at the SAGs, Critics Choice Awards, and Golden Globes, and is expected to reign supreme during award season.

And while Rachel is soaking in the praise for her portrayal of Lady Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, in the movie, she also considers herself lucky to be presented with such a script, led by three female protagonists. 

Speaking candidly about the unexpected success of the venture, Rachel explained: ‘At this present time in cinema and storytelling, it’s sadly quite unusual I think, for all three characters – that all three women, are so textured and layered and complex and have such different aspects to their character.

'All three characters are so textured': The actress has admitted that her role in the period comedy alongside two other female leads, Olivia Colman and Emma Stone, is 'unusual'

'All three characters are so textured': The actress has admitted that her role in the period comedy alongside two other female leads, Olivia Colman and Emma Stone, is 'unusual'

‘All three characters are so textured’: The actress has admitted that her role in the period comedy alongside two other female leads, Olivia Colman and Emma Stone, is ‘unusual’

Candid: Speaking to the Press Association, the British star discussed the struggle for excellent and challenging scripts, not just for women, but for men in the industry as well

Candid: Speaking to the Press Association, the British star discussed the struggle for excellent and challenging scripts, not just for women, but for men in the industry as well

Candid: Speaking to the Press Association, the British star discussed the struggle for excellent and challenging scripts, not just for women, but for men in the industry as well

‘They are not one thing, they are a million things each,’ she added.

Rachel also admitted that the quality of scripts nowadays are improving, but still provide a challenge for both sexes.  

‘Films in the 40s and 50s, they always had very complex strong women who could be vulnerable and villainous and regal and kind and all the adjectives that you could list.

‘At the moment there is good writing for women, but I think if a man were sitting here he would say it’s hard to find good, complex writing even for men so I think fiction for humans is maybe not as interesting as it could be in cinema.

'Layered characters': Rachel also spoke candidly about the unexpected success of The Favourite 

'Layered characters': Rachel also spoke candidly about the unexpected success of The Favourite 

‘Layered characters’: Rachel also spoke candidly about the unexpected success of The Favourite 

Acclaim: The Favourite has already picked up coveted nominations at the SAGs, Critics Choice Awards, and Golden Globes, and is expected to reign supreme during award season

Acclaim: The Favourite has already picked up coveted nominations at the SAGs, Critics Choice Awards, and Golden Globes, and is expected to reign supreme during award season

Acclaim: The Favourite has already picked up coveted nominations at the SAGs, Critics Choice Awards, and Golden Globes, and is expected to reign supreme during award season

“It’s not just women, but we make up half the world,’ Rachel concluded.  

On the personal front, Rachel, who is already a parent to 12-year old son Henry with ex Darren Aronofsky, gave birth to a daughter with James Bond star Craig, 50, in late August.

The flick focuses on the behind-the-scenes politics between two cousins jockeying to be court favourites during the reign of Queen Anne in the early 18th century.

Olivia stars as the monarch while Emma portrays Abigail Hill, a favourite of the Queen. Rachel plays Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough.

Roles: Olivia (L) stars as the monarch while Emma (R) portrays Abigail Hill, a favourite of the Queen

Roles: Olivia (L) stars as the monarch while Emma (R) portrays Abigail Hill, a favourite of the Queen

Roles: Olivia (L) stars as the monarch while Emma (R) portrays Abigail Hill, a favourite of the Queen

Roles: Olivia (L) stars as the monarch while Emma (R) portrays Abigail Hill, a favourite of the Queen

Roles: Olivia (L) stars as the monarch while Emma (R) portrays Abigail Hill, a favourite of the Queen

Portrayal: Rachel plays Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough.

Portrayal: Rachel plays Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough.

Portrayal: Rachel plays Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough.

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