Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creator and star Rachel Bloom called out Hollywood’s sexist casting breakdowns for female roles in a pair of Instagram posts Wednesday.
“I’m still on the email list for casting notices from Backstage. Here’s a little taste of what it’s like to be an actress searching for your next job,” she wrote in the first. The accompanying screencap from the casting website shows three casting breakdowns for female roles featuring phrases like “pretty girl” and “sexy clothing.” Two are seeking ladies for their male lead, one a “petite or thin” model, another “a conservative country girl in a very pretty dress that flirts up a storm.”
To show a little contrast, Bloom then wrote a casting breakdown for the male characters on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, written from the perspective of the male gaze. She focused on the looks of the three main male characters.
For Josh Chan (played on the show by Vincent Rodriguez III), Bloom’s posting reads, “Smoking hot. He’s a 10 and knows it. Think Tom Cruise, Taye Diggs, Hercules from the Disney animated movie and the painting ‘Water Lilies’ by Claude Monet.”
Bloom has been vocal before on societal issues, calling out a fashion blog that criticized her outfit in a post earlier this year. “Whenever a celebrity is at an event or on TV, chances are, they have been dressed, styled and made up by EXPERTS. Yet, the headline is always, ‘Jennifer Lawrence rocks Dior,’ as if the decisions of how to look rested solely on the celebrity’s shoulders,” she wrote. “It’s all an illusion. A super fun illusion that elevates style and beauty to an artistic level, but an illusion at that. If celebrities truly dressed/made up themselves, I feel like very few would be on a best dressed list.”
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend season 2 premieres on Oct. 21 on The CW.