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For this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, and Elizabeth Banks sat down to discuss everything. The Beyond Beautiful roundtable, hosted by senior writer Nicole Sperling, touched on the group’s triumphs and challenges, and included deep conversations about sexism in Hollywood in all shapes and forms.
“It reminds me of this line that Shonda Rhimes wrote on our show that has really resonated with African-Americans,” Washington said about the pressures women face at one point during the discussion. “It’s this idea you have to be twice as good to get half of what they have. It’s something that most black people I talk, when they heard that line, it completely resonated with how they were raised and the messaged their parents gave them. ‘That’s just the truth.’ I think it’s the same for women. You just know, you have to be twice as good. In a way, until girls don’t have that feeling, we will not have done our jobs. That’s almost the point: to not feel the pressure to be extraordinary.”
“It’s a franchise I’m particularly proud of, and a new one for Entertainment Weekly,” editor Henry Goldblatt explained about Beyond Beautiful. “I was really inspired last year by Reese Witherspoon’s #AskHerMore movement. The idea that a woman is more than a compilation of hair products, and jewels, and dresses on a red carpet.”
To find out, well, everything else about Beyond Beautiful and our four cover stars, watch the full roundtable video above. Get the latest issue on newsstands now.