(Photo: The Hollywood Reporter, October 2014)
Shonda Rhimes has been dominating prime-time TV and while the stars of her ABC shows are getting lots of love and attention, the screenwriter-producer is also on the receiving end of fame and recognition of her own. Rhimes is currently covering the October 17 issue of the Hollywood Reporter and opened up to the magazine about how she's had to get used to being in the limelight.
"I don't know too many other writers who people can recognize their faces … so that was a little disturbing for me and my kids," she said. "My 12-year-old instinctively says to people: 'No autographs, please. She's with her children.'"
Rhimes also addressed the New York Times article in which a writer labeled her as an "angry Black woman," a story that sparked quite a bit of backlash in Rhimes's defense.
"Some really amazing articles were written that had the conversation that I've been trying to have for a very long time, which, coming from me, makes me sound like I'm just, 'Rrrraw!'" she said. "In this world in which we all feel we're so full of gender equality and we're a post-racial [society] and Obama is president, it's a very good reminder to see the casual racial bias and odd misogyny from a woman written in a paper that we all think of as being so liberal."
And while Rhimes has been building an impressive portfolio with successful shows like Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and her latest, How to Get Away With Murder, there's one honor she's not comfortable holding, and that is being touted as "the most powerful Black female show runner in Hollywood."
"They wouldn't say that someone is 'the most powerful white male show runner in Hollywood,'" she said. "I find race and gender to be terribly important; they're terribly important to who I am. But there's something about the need for everybody else to spend time talking about it … that pisses me off."
To read the entire interview, click here.
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