“This is still an absolutely macho and patriarchal societyAlthough many try to deny it, that’s the way it is”. With this forcefulness begins Lander Otaola its critique of machismo in the film industry. The actor who plays Ander in ‘father life‘the new feature film by Joaquín Mazón, which hit theaters just a few days ago, is very critical of the eternal penance that suffer their colleagues for countless things that hardly affect them, such as having children.
“Many times when you are a woman, producers they find out that you have become a mother and they stop calling you because they think you are not going to give your 100%. That in the masculine world does not happen: when you are a father they keep calling you… And I think it’s one thing that should affect both of us, that it seems that a son belongs to the mother and no: it belongs to both. Otherwise, don’t be a father.”
Otaola’s conscience with this topic is very marked by what she learns living with His couple: she is also dedicated to acting and can tell him in the first person all the unfair situations that she has had to experience solely and exclusively for being a woman: “Things that my girl has experienced for being an actress of machismo, of sexism… I have not experienced them. Even abuse of power. These are things that I think have not even come close to touching me I don’t think they’re going to touch me. And women, although some say the opposite, continue to suffer from it and even more so as actresses”.
Although aesthetic pressure is omnipresent in the film industry, to think that the passage of time affects men and women in the profession equally would be an important detachment from reality, Lander is clear that this is not the case.
“It is very cruel with the physique of the woman, as they advance in age they have less interesting characters to interpret: it is always ‘the mother of’, ‘the sister of’… what seems like a cliché is real”. And settle with a sentence that some may sting a lot, “Being an actress is much more complicated than being an actor.”