According to Rosamund Pike, she had a very uncomfortable experience as an up-and-coming actress in Hollywood. During the audition for Die Another Day, claims the actress, she was asked to take off her dress, which made the interaction needlessly awkward.
In a report from The Independent, Rosamund recalled that her very first audition was for the Bond film, and they told her to take off her dress and appear in underwear.
At the time, Pike, when she was just 21-years-old, wanted to play the role of Miranda Frost in the 2002 James Bond flick. Rosamund, despite her inexperience with Hollywood, ended up not taking it off.
She stated, “there’s no way I’m going to take off a dress” for an audition, and then wind up having the tape circulating around Los Angeles. Rather than showing up in a “Bond-like” outfit for the audition, she instead, wore her grandmother’s dress.
When she stepped out to do the audition, the costume designer said it was a “beautiful dress,” but they needed something else. The designer showed her a three-piece, and Rosamund said she realized she was “way out of her depth.”
Pike revealed she wore a “shimmering sheath,” but didn’t end up taking it off, thankfully. While the initial audition was uncomfortable, she didn’t feel that way while filming.
Pike said she looks back on that experience and understands Barbara Broccoli as “way ahead” of the #MeToo movement.
As you may know, women in Hollywood have been criticizing the way industry executives often put girls into sexual and uncomfortable situations, in exchange for movie roles.
Most famously, Harvey Weinstein, accused by nearly 80 women of sexual misconduct, is the prime example of the way in which the “old Hollywood” works. Since then, a number of different initiatives in support of gender equality in Hollywood have began, including Time’s Up.