Rachel Bloom is fed up with sexist casting notices. The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creator and star may have her choice of roles now, but that doesn’t mean she’s free from seeing ridiculous casting calls that women in the industry deal with on a regular basis. “I’m still on the email list for casting notices for Backstage,” she wrote in a post on Instagram. “Here’s a little taste of what it’s like to be an actress searching for your next job.” The accompanying screenshot was … not encouraging.
Hollywood casting notices are so notoriously sexist that there are entire blogs dedicated to calls like those Bloom posted—one for a lead actress whose role is little more than “a model who dates the lead” and another for “a variety of attractive girls.” To highlight the absurdity of the male gaze, Bloom flipped the genders and wrote a few casting notices of her own—for some of the male characters on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
Josh Chan must be “smoking hot. He’s a 10 and he knows it,” while actors over 30 need not apply for the role of Darryl Whitefeather, who is in his 40s (an obvious parallel to the way Hollywood casts young actresses as characters years or even decades their senior rather than cast an older actress). Sure, the descriptions are silly—but then, so are the actual casting calls for all those pretty girls.