– Regina King
said on Friday that she will continue to fight for diversity
, even if the audience is an impediment.
“We have a long way to go, but part of it is going to be, even if the audience doesn’t want to hear it, the conversations have to continue,” the director and Oscar winner said during Kering’s Women
In Motion talk at the Cannes Film Festival
. “We have to keep shining a light on the fact that things aren’t reflective of what the rest of the world looks like, especially in America
She added, "We just have to keep talking about it and pushing," despite the fact that directing nods for women were down 10% for this week's Emmy nominations.
After a lauded feature-directing debut last year with "One Night In Miami
," King is set to return behind the camera for an adaptation of the Harlem
monster-hunters comic book
series "Bitter Root," which premiered in competition at the festival.
The Oscar-winning star of "If Beale Street Could Talk" shared some wise words with aspiring female filmmakers.
“Don’t let your fear keep you from asking questions and listening to the answers,” she advised.
“There is no such thing as a stupid question,” she advised.
King, who stars in the upcoming Netflix
Western "The Harder They Fall," is already seeing promising results from the next generation of filmmakers.
She claimed she lacked the "moxie" she sees in 9-year-olds, many of whom are unaware of the "like a girl" insult commonly used to demean young women.
“I admire your chutzpah and moxie.”