We Spoke With Jenny Slate About ‘Obvious Child’ + How She Portrayed Abortion [INTERVIEW]

Screening Of A24's "Obvious Child" - Red Carpet
Comedian Jenny Slate is starring in the new romantic comedy “Obvious Child,” which talks about a subject romantic comedies don’t usually touch on: abortion. Actually, as progressive as Hollywood tries to be, it usually won’t touch abortion at all, even though it’s a common medical procedure that one-third of women experience.

“I think we just felt that abortion should be portrayed authentically on film,” Jenny said in an interview with MTV Act. Seems when abortion is portrayed in the media, the procedure is shown as unsafe or the woman is forever harmed by it. But, in  reality, it’s a very safe procedure that most women feel relief about afterward.  “It was time to see a woman make a clear choice and have a safe procedure and have that not be the cornerstone of her personality or her life path,” Jenny said.

+ Watch Jenny Slate Talks ‘Obvious Child’ & Abortion in Film

When asked what she’d like women who have had abortions to take away from the film, Jenny said, “I hope that, honestly, regardless of gender, whether you’ve had the procedure or you haven’t … that what you take away is that each one of us has a unique story, and that whatever that story is, if you care to thoughtfully tell it and put it out there, that’s a good thing.”

She also talked about other forms of women’s rights, like having more women become movie directors and more female leads in movies that we can actually relate to. “I am really excited that I’m a woman. There’s nothing about my gender that I feel would ever stop me from doing good work.” Damn straight.

There was also some talk about safe sex. Her advice? Condoms! Condoms all the way! There are also other forms of birth control available (though only condoms protect you from both pregnancy and STDs), and MTV’s It’s Your (Sex) Life can answer your Qs about that.

 

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