Rare, it seems, is the aspiring actress who hasn’t been sexually harassed by a director, casting agent or producer, and in recent years many have spoken out about their experiences – from Dame Helen Mirren to Gwyneth Paltrow, Susan Sarandon to Charlize Theron.
The exploitation of actresses – and actors – is not confined to Hollywood. Equity, the UK actors’ union, is receiving ever more complaints and has established a working party to investigate and draw up a set of industry guidelines.
Vast numbers of good looking young women want these jobs. Ergo, some will exploit this in order to have sex.
Also true that some of them will agree to have sex in order to get the job. That no good looking young woman would do so is as ridiculous a thought as the idea that all would.
A problem that doesn’t really have a solution: other than the cultural one of asking and offering being acceptable and insistence not.