“I believe it is our ultimate job requirement as mothers to make our children, the next generation, not have to be fighting for these issues, which ultimately seem like the minutia,” Dern tells me over the phone. “It’s so obvious it should have changed so long ago — but if we get things out of the way, they can take care and heal the planet that we’ve left them to adopt.”
They being our children. They being the little people we’re raising. They being the kids that were just like me — taking to heart the messages about equality, environmentalism, and ecological balance hidden in our favorite movies and TV shows.
I HOPE WE ARE LEAVING THEM THE LEGACY OF, LESS OF A LONG LIST. THE THINGS THEY HAVE TO FIGHT FOR.
Dern knows the impact her privilege and her work has on this fight. She worked on Wild, the first project from Hello Sunshine, the production company Reese Witherspoon started with the goal of telling female-led stories, and later of course joined the cast of Big Little Lies, playing Renata Klein, a dedicated mother and high-flying careerist who challenged our ideas about villainy. At times, her role is art imitating life. When talking about her working with so many empowering women on the show, she says they are with “great, good fortune doing a job that involves not being silenced anymore. That’s the theme of the show — how to have self respect and use your voice and not be silenced.”
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