I Love How Candid Female Celebrities Can Be During Interviews, And Here Are 15 Examples To Prove It

Warning: This post contains mentions of sexual assault. Please proceed with caution.

1.When Courteney Cox wasn't afraid to admit to the public that she's had plastic surgery, and why she made the decision (and regrets some of it):

Cox in 1996 and in 2018; caption: "I didn't realize that, oh shit, I'm actually looking really strange with injections and doing stuff to my face that I would never do now"
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2.When Mindy Kaling made it perfectly clear that she was satisfied being a single woman and didn't want to get married:

Kaling in "Ocean's 8"; quote: "I don't need marriage; I don't need anyone to take care of all my needs and desires; I can take care of them myself now"
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3.When Michelle Yeoh called out Hollywood for typecasting her, and the racist behavior there when it came to landing movie roles:

Yeoh and Jackie Chan in "Supercop"; quote: "When I first came to Hollywood, I was a little taken aback to be told, 'You're a minority'; people in the industry couldn't tell whether I was Chinese or Japanese or Korean or if I even spoke English"
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4.When Jennifer Lawrence did a "73 Questions" with Vogue and called out the media for a truly disgusting rumor going around about her:

Jennifer Lawrence calling out rumor that she "fucked Harvey Weinstein"

5.When Tina Turner shut down a journalist in 1993 when they asked why she didn't watch What's Love Got to Do With It (a biopic about her life with abusive ex-husband Ike Turner):

Tina telling the press: "This constant reminder, it's not so good; I'm not happy about it; So, do I want to sit and watch the violence and brutality? No"

6.When Keke Palmer appeared on The Breakfast Club and talked candidly about the discrimination Black women face when sharing their experiences with sexual assault:

Keke to DJ Envy: "If I say something, I'm saying something for a reason, and I feel like so many times Black women say stuff, and nobody gives a shit — but when somebody of another complexion says something it's like, 'We're taking it to court'"

7.When Kate Hudson called out the media for body-shaming her in the 2000s, and how deeply it affected her:

Hudson and Matthew McConaughey in "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"; quote: "They were so mean to women: the body-shaming from being 'too skinny' to 'too fat' to then going up your skirt; there was so much of it that I couldn't in any way comprehend"
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8.When Stevie Nicks revealed to the Guardian that she had an abortion in the '70s and said it was the right decision for her to make:

Nicks in the late '70s; quote: "If I had not had that abortion, I'm pretty sure there would have been no Fleetwood Mac; there's just no way that I could have had a child then, working as hard as we worked — and there were a lot of drugs"

9.When TLC addressed the toxicity of the music industry at the '96 Grammys, confessing they were actually bankrupt:

TLC describing their financial situation at the 1996 Grammys

10.When Viola Davis refused to feel undeserving of being one of Time 100's Most Influential People in 2017:

Viola: "I feel like I deserve to be here; I put in the work, and that's what I want to tell my daughter; That's why right now I'm telling her: 'Don't start apologizing' — Women apologize too much"

11.When Jane Fonda was asked if LGBTQ people were being wrongly discriminated against in the '70s, and she responded with the most mindful answer:

Fonda: "They are a very powerful movement — they don't need me, but they like me, because they know that [by] working together, we can be stronger"

12.When Thandiwe Newton recalled the time Victoria Beckham mistook her for Zoe Saldaña, and she wasn't afraid to admit how much it frustrated her:

Thandiwe on "The Graham Norton Show" explaining how Victoria said at SoulCycle how great it was that she was coming while pregnant, and Thandiwe said she'd already had the baby and asked if she was confusing her with Zoe, and Victoria was mortified

13.When Sheryl Lee Ralph defended her Abbott Elementary costar Quinta Brunson after Jimmy Kimmel stole the spotlight during Brunson's 2022 Emmys speech:

Brunson and Ralph in "Abbott Elementary"; Brunson and Kimmel at the 2022 Emmys; Ralph's quote: "I was like, ''I wish that man would just get up off of the ground.' Then I realized it was Jimmy Kimmel, and I was like, 'Oh, the disrespect, Jimmy!'"
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14.When Yoko Ono was tired of the decadeslong narrative that she broke up the Beatles, and vocalized her frustration:

Ono being interviewed in the '80s; being interviewed in the '00s and saying that the Beatles were great but they were getting to a point where they all wanted to be independent, and she didn't want them to break up

15.And when Helen Mirren shut down a male interviewer in 1975 after he claimed she couldn't be taken seriously as an actor because of her "large breasts":

Helen Mirren responding to the male reporter's inappropriate comment about her breasts: "I would hope the performance and the relationship between the people onstage and in the audience overcome such boring questions"

In conclusion:

Saoirse Ronan in "Little Women" (2019) with caption "Women—"
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