How Anna Camp Is Fighting Sexual Harassment, Sexism


It’s a frigid New York morning in mid-December and Anna Camp is singing Christmas carols at a firehouse not too removed from Grand Central Station. Her subsequent movie, “Pitch Perfect 3,” is days away from opening in theaters, however the efficiency—a vacation shock for a dozen or so firefighters—is much from the pop-powered a capella concert events that made Camp a family face.

Instead of the Bellas (her “Pitch Perfect” woman squad consisting of actresses like Hailee Steinfeld and Rebel Wilson), Camp is flanked by skilled carolers from the New York Holiday Choristers. Instead of matching outfits, Camp is wearing a fuzzy red-and-white Christmas sweater with tights and a flouncy skirt. And as a substitute of a Top 40 hit, she’s singing a rum-fueled model of “Deck the Halls” as a part of a sponsorship with Captain Morgan. (Her go-to drink is a rum-based cider with a cinnamon stick and an orange slice.)

Camp is nowhere close to her uptight, needs-to-take-a-chill-pill “Pitch Perfect” character, both. She’s bubbly, giddy, and the epitome of Christmas pleasure.

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Still, beneath the previous Hollywood theatrics (to explain her hometown, she threw her head again in a Scarlett O’Hara vogue and went on a tangent about South Carolina) and fart jokes (her first response to a truck honking was to blurt out, “Excuse me!”), Camp is pissed off. She makes that abundantly clear with the steely-eyed temper she shifts into when speaking about sexual harassment and her career-long battle to play girls described by greater than their “long legs” and “great smile.”  

There are so many ladies on this planet clamoring to see tales that they’ll determine with.

“We have a long way to go, but I feel like people are seeing that there’s such a demand for women-led movies and projects,” Camp says. “Women audiences are so thirsty and hungry for that that people are starting to really supply it. I’m hoping that this surge continues.”

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Camp, the daughter of a banker and a former ballerina, fell in love with appearing after watching previous black-and-white films together with her older sister rising up. She landed her first position within the 2d grade as a drug seller in a D.A.R.E. to Keep Kids Off Drugs skit. “I remember going home to my mom and being like, ‘I got cast as a drug dealer. What do they wear?’” Camp says. “My mom cut off some denim shorts and tried to make me look edgy, but I was literally the squeakiest, cleanest little second grader trying to convince these kids to take these drugs.”

Why can’t the man’s half be simply informed from a lady’s viewpoint?

After finding out theatre at a conservatory in North Carolina, Camp moved to New York City, the place she lived in an condominium with 4 roommates for $350 a month and booked her first-ever appearing job in a Super Bowl industrial for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. “I remember I got residuals for about five years from that commercial,” Camp says.

She rapidly made a reputation for herself within the theatre world, performing in Off-Broadway and Broadway reveals, earlier than touchdown her on-screen break as Sarah Newlin, a religious Christian vampire hunter, in HBO’s “True Blood.” The position introduced her to Los Angeles, the place she obtained her first style of business sexism. 

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“As soon as I started auditioning for films, I would get sent scripts, and because I wasn’t known yet, I would be sent very supporting, small roles, where the girl’s name would be ‘Woman #2’ and her description would be, ‘Long legs. Great smile,’” Camp says. “You start to realize, ‘Well, I want to play the guy part. They have so much more deep roles. They’re integral to the plot. Why can’t that be easily told from a woman’s point of view?’”

Something that didn’t shock Camp was pay inequality, a prejudice she discovered early on after opening up a newspaper when she was a child and studying that Julia Roberts was paid a fraction of what Richard Gere earned in “Pretty Woman.” Though Camp notes that she’s been “paid very well” and hasn’t felt like she’s “suffered in any way,” she admits that pay inequality remains to be very actual in Hollywood.

We’re blowing the concept women-led films can’t earn a living out of the water.

“I remember seeing articles like that as a little kid in elementary school growing up, always knowing that there was a gap,” Camp says. “It was just the way that it was. You just knew that men were making more than women. It dawned on me when I got into the workforce that that really is not fair, obviously.”

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In 2012, Camp landed her large break as Aubrey Cohen, a type-A school a capella captain, within the sleeper hit, “Pitch Perfect.” For her audition, Camp flew to Los Angeles from New York the place she carried out a little-known indie music with a ukulele. “I was like, ‘I’m not going to Skype. I’m going to go to L.A. and I’m going to fly there and I’m going to book this because I want this so bad,’” Camp says. By the time she landed again in New York, she obtained a textual content telling her she booked the half. 

Despite its huge box-office success and 2 sequels, Camp by no means anticipated “Pitch Perfect” to be such successful. “Brittany Snow and I have been simply speaking on set and we have been like, ‘Can you believe that we were shooting this little movie?’” Camp says. “We had no stand-ins. We were shooting in basements. Flash-forward to the third movie and they’re rigging explosives behind us, and we’re running and jumping off a giant yacht.”

You could be horny and also you don’t have to indicate loads of pores and skin.

But that doesn’t imply she takes her success without any consideration for a 2d. Camp is absolutely conscious of the glass ceilings that female-led comedies like “Pitch Perfect” and “Bridesmaids” are breaking in an business that has traditionally undervalued the box-office energy of ladies.

“There are so many women in the world clamoring to see stories that they can identify with and stories that they can bond over,” Camp says. “I like seeing stories about men, just like men would love seeing stories about a woman. It’s the craziest thing to think that women-led movies can’t make money because obviously we’re completely blowing that idea out of the water.”

Camp also can thank “Pitch Perfect” for introducing her to her husband, costar Skylar Astin, who she married in 2016 and is a frequent sounding board when Camp feels pigeonholed by one-dimensional roles.

“I’ll tell him the character description of the type of girl and he’s like, ‘Man, why do they have to write that? It always has to do with the women’s looks in every character description that you read,’” Camp says. “Sometimes, with the guy, there isn’t one or he’s just the lead. He gets frustrated for me and on my behalf.”

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However, regardless of the acclaim, “Pitch Perfect” isn’t proof against claims of sexism. In a current interview with Harper’s Bazaar U.Ok., Camp’s costar, Anna Kendrick, opened up about how she was requested to “dress sexier” and “show more skin” in “Pitch Perfect 3.” Camp, who didn’t know in regards to the request till the interview got here out, empathizes with Kendrick and urges filmmakers to see that ladies could be horny with out taking off their garments.

“I know what she’s talking about. That happened on the movie,” Camp says. “It was one of the performances where they were like, ‘We want you guys to be sexy and stuff.’ That’s still going on in the world and hopefully people can understand that you can be sexy and you don’t have to show a lot of skin.”

You can communicate up. You can undoubtedly take the facility again.

In 2016, Camp was solid as Jane Hollander, a feminine researcher working at a sexist 1960s newsmagazine, in Amazon’s “Good Girls Revolt.” Camp credit the sequence for instructing her tips on how to stand as much as sexual harassment—one thing she paradoxically skilled on set by drivers and crafts service staff who known as her names like “honey,” “doll,” and “sweetie.”

“I remember thinking, ‘Do you know what show you’re actually working on?’” Camp says. “You’re driving these actresses to and from set where we’re shooting a scene where someone is calling us ‘doll’ and ‘honey’ and I’m going into a room and crying. It all became very meta. It helped me keep my awareness up when I am in situations to know you don’t have to stand for that. You can speak up. You can definitely take the power back. That show was giving a lot of voice to me, as well as the women who were watching it.”

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When Camp discovered that “Good Girls Revolt” was canceled after 1 season, regardless of constructive critiques and vocal fanfare, she was overcome with “devastation.” That emotional finally became ire when she heard rumors that Amazon’s now-ousted president, Roy Price, lower the sequence with out even watching it. When she discovered that there have been sexual harassment allegations leveled in opposition to Price himself, she solely obtained angrier.

Women are actually discovering their voices in a brand-new manner and it’s previous time for all that to occur.

“It was so incredibly frustrating,” Camp says. “It gave us an answer to, ‘Oh, that’s why.’ I’m sure there are other reasons that factor in, but we heard that he didn’t like the show. So why didn’t he like it? Probably because it was dealing with these issues and topics that he was in fact practicing in his personal life.”

As as to if the sequence will return after Price’s suspension, Camp admits there’s a shot. “I don’t know anything yet, but I know that they did shop it and it’s not dead,” Camp says.

Anna Camp

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Back on the firehouse, Camp, sitting in a blacked-out SUV parked exterior, is prepared for her subsequent cease. She’s headed to Central Park, the place she and Captain Morgan will journey in a horse-drawn carriage bringing Christmas pleasure to a park stuffed with strangers. But Camp’s positivity isn’t solely good for vacation cheer. It transcends to 2018—a yr she believes will see severe change for ladies.

“I have a good feeling that things are changing,” Camp says. “I’m very optimistic, especially right now. Women are really finding their voices in a brand-new way and it’s past time for all that to happen. I hope that the conversation continues and people don’t remain complacent.”


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