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Tatiana Maslany on Hollywood sexism: Orphan Black star speaks out

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Joining the likes of Emma Thompson, Kristen Stewart, and Melissa McCarthy, and more, Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany is speaking out about what she calls a “pathetic” case of sexism in Hollywood. 

In an interview with People, the 29-year-old Emmy nominee said, “I don’t think that any woman in this industry hasn’t [experienced sexism] – I think we all have in various ways, and sometimes you can’t even tell that it’s happening because it’s so ingrained in the way things are structured.”

“Like being told, ‘Let’s not talk about that, sweetheart,’ if I have an issue with being hit on by a 50-year-old when I was 17 and on set,” she continued. “It’s never ending. Being put into this little outfit that showed my midriff in a scene where I’m supposed to be grieving the death of a family member, and it’s like, ‘Make sure that her belly button is showing’ – it’s just pathetic. It’s so pathetic.”

She also talked about how she’s been asked to shave her armpits and wax her mustache, which she refuses to do unless “the part calls for it and it makes sense.” 

For more from her interview, head over to People.

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