November 11th, 2009
04:21 PM ET
Jessica Biel doesn't have a tough time playing strong characters, but she does have a tough time finding great scripts written for women.
The actress talked to me about the challenges of finding those great roles in Hollywood during the promotion blitz for her new animated flick "Planet 51." In the film, she plays a teenage girl who is fiercely independent and questions authority when the government tries to convince everyone that aliens are taking over.
It's a strong role she relished playing. "I wanted to be in this movie because I liked the idea that the character was a strong woman that young girls could look up to as a role model," she said.
But Biel also confided in me that although this script was a blessing, it was also a rarity. "It's rare to see good scripts that show good strong women. In Hollywood the number of well-written and great scripts which show women in strong positive roles are rare. On top of that there are so many talented women and there are not enough projects for everyone to really blossom. It's so disappointing that there isn't more material out there for actresses."
Lets hope that changes for Biel and the rest of the actresses in Hollywood!
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