“Richard Linklater wanted to make a movie about every day people, people who don’t usually see in the movies,” said the actress. She was asked about her acceptance speech, in which she spoke about the need for equal pay for women. “Equal means equal. The truth of it is the older an actress gets, the less money she makes,” she said. “It’s inexcusable that we talk about equal rights for women in other countries and yet … we don’t have equal right for women in America. It’s time for all the women in America and all the men who love women and all the gay people and all the people of color that we’ve fought for, to fight for us now.” Arquette said she skipped getting a manicure for the “damn mani-cam” and her dress was designed by one of her best friends. She instead focused her attention on her philanthropic work. “I never saw this moment of me winning an Academy Award. I never thought I’d even be nominated, and I was fine with that,” she said. “But you know what I did see? That I would help people, and I have helped thousands of people – and I will help millions of people.” When asked if she saw Meryl Streep’s response to her speech, she said she didn’t but that she hugged Streep after she left the stage. “She’s the queen of all actresses, the patron saint of all actresses,” she said.
February 23rd, 2015