Rachel Weisz discusses 'unusual' success of female-led movie The Favourite

Rachel Weisz has called for more female roles to be as 'strong and complex' as they were in the 40s and 50s. 

The actress, who has earned critical acclaim for her new movie The Favourite, has admitted that her role in the period comedy alongside two other female leads, Olivia Colman and Emma Stone, is 'unusual' given the 'present time in cinema  and storytelling.'

Speaking to the Press Association, the British star, 48, candidly discussed the struggle for excellent and challenging scripts, not just for women, but for men in the industry as well.  

'Hard to find good writing': Rachel Weisz, 48, has called for more female roles to be as 'strong and complex' as they were in the 40s and 50s

'Hard to find good writing': Rachel Weisz, 48, has called for more female roles to be as 'strong and complex' as they were in the 40s and 50s

The Favourite has already picked up coveted nominations at the SAGs, Critics Choice Awards, and Golden Globes, and is expected to reign supreme during award season.

And while Rachel is soaking in the praise for her portrayal of Lady Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, in the movie, she also considers herself lucky to be presented with such a script, led by three female protagonists. 

Speaking candidly about the unexpected success of the venture, Rachel explained: 'At this present time in cinema and storytelling, it’s sadly quite unusual I think, for all three characters – that all three women, are so textured and layered and complex and have such different aspects to their character.

'All three characters are so textured': The actress has admitted that her role in the period comedy alongside two other female leads, Olivia Colman and Emma Stone, is 'unusual'

'All three characters are so textured': The actress has admitted that her role in the period comedy alongside two

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