Natalie Portman wants strong female leads

There’s a strong urge in Hollywood to give women meaty roles and this was echoed by Natalie Portman recently.

She did confess that she was disappointed in the roles being given to women, and that it was hard to watch movies without strong lead roles with women.

"I don't have a problem with that point of view because it is a totally legitimate point of view - I'm glad to get insight into how straight white male minds work. It's just that we're not having other points of view," Portman a magazine recently.

"As a female audience member, it's really hard for me to watch these movies where women don't exist. There are so many movies where it's literally 20 men and no female character, or there's a female character who's, like, the wife on the phone. I'm kind of not interested in watching it," she added.

She does say that the ratio of men to women is skewed and therefore makes it hard,

"It's hard because desire is the language of cinema. And because it's been so male-dominated, the story of cinema is male desire and a female object of desire.

"I don't necessarily have a problem with that, it's just that we don't have the counter, we don't have the expression of female desire. We become the object of desire, not the subject of desire. Women have been made to feel guilty or bad for desiring food, or sex, or power," Portman said.     Suneela Kirloskar