Jill Abramson, who played the “soulful” femme fatale in Netflix’s The Crown, told The Associated Press she thinks women can be feminist and that it’s a matter of how much.
In an interview on Friday, the actor said she thinks “feminism is a movement and I believe in it.”
But she doesn’t think there is a need to define it as a specific political philosophy or ideology, she said.
It’s about finding ways to do things that we can be ourselves and that are meaningful to us and to others.
And I think it’s important that there is space to be ourselves, she told the AP.
She was speaking after she told The Guardian newspaper that the women she worked with on the Netflix drama were “not feminists” and had no interest in “having to define themselves as feminist.”
“I think there are many different definitions of feminism and I think that the word is overused,” she said, adding that she would never use the term in the future.
Abramson said she wasn’t looking for “flaming feminists” in the Netflix show.
She said she felt like the character was a woman with her own agenda and “had no problem” with her being the protagonist.
“She’s got a great deal of experience,” Abramson said.
“I’m not a very good writer, but I do love telling stories about women.”
In an exclusive interview with the AP, Milano, 36, defended her comments on Friday.
“You know, I was just talking to a friend who said to me, ‘She should have said that.
She shouldn’t have said anything,’ ” she said of Abramson’s remark.”
And I was like, ‘You’re right.’
I don’t know what you mean, but if you said to a guy that he’s a bad person, he’d be like, oh, yeah, I’m a bad man.”
Milano said she was not being “punchy” when she said women can also be “feminist.”
“If you’re a feminist and you don’t want to be a feminist, you can be a bad feminist,” she told AP.
“But there’s a difference between a feminist who’s not going to do what you want and a feminist that is a bad woman, and that’s what I meant.
I’m not being punchy.
I think people can do whatever they want.
I just think it takes a really long time.”
She said she would have liked to have seen her character on the show because “there’s so much of a female lead in the world.”
Milanos other TV credits include the critically acclaimed series The 100 and The Flash.
She said the character, played by Emmy-winning actress Ciarán Hinds, “is very powerful, but also kind of funny.”