Alice Eve: ‘Sexism is about boundaries’

Alice Eve is pleased movie bosses finally understand sexism needs to be addressed, as she grew up thinking “girl power” was vitally important.

The 33-year-old actress has seen a lot change within the industry even during her career, with more actresses, such as Jennifer Lawrence, vocal about how unfair pay discrepancy between the sexes is. The Star Trek Into Darkness star is happy about that, and she wants women to realise there is more than one kind of feminism these days.

“I’ve certainly experienced things that made me feel uncomfortable,” she told Hello! Fashion Monthly. “In life, too. Being a woman, you have to know boundaries and it’s good that we’re talking about it so that everybody knows the rules.

“There was a little moment with the Spice Girls who were like, ‘Girl Power.’ I thought they were the bee’s knees. It took a different shape from ‘burn your bra’. It was, ‘Wear a Wonderbra.’ And that’s what I grew up with.”

One major development in Hollywood that Alice is thrilled to see is the amount of roles for older actresses. She looks to the likes of Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz and Helen McCrory for inspiration, and hinted that there is a special place in her heart for ladies who don’t succumb to the surgeon’s knife. But that doesn’t mean she looks down on people who change their faces – especially as she’s sure it’s becoming more socially acceptable, particularly for actresses.

“Sometimes cosmetic surgery is amazing,” she said. “The choice is yours. For me, too. It’s a massively human choice now and I don’t think you should be judged. I don’t know either way but I do like to be able to express my emotions.

“I’m wondering if it’s changing now anyway. Youth isn’t necessarily the Holy Grail as much as presenting the best version of yourself; holding a moment in time. I think what we’re saying is, ‘How comfortable are we with the lie we’re being told?’ What we’ve discovered is we like being lied to. We like the fantasy. We like the happy forever after. The lie is helpful to us. So what we’re getting into now, I think, with plastic surgery and the transparency of all of it is, ‘OK, lie to us, but don’t lie about the fact you’re lying to us.'”

– Cover Media