Salon Talks: Christine Lahti


Actor, activist and director Christine Lahti jokes that she'll be remembered for being sequestered in the ladies room when she won her 1998 Golden Globe, but her new memoir should set to rest any notions that her life isn't full of far more notable moments. On "Salon Talks" she opened up about Hollywood's Time's Up movement and her book "True Stories From an Unreliable Eyewitness: A Feminist Coming of Age", which traces her life from her traditional midwestern upbringing through close brushes with the casting couch to her still evolving current feminist incarnation.

"I've been dreaming about this movement my entire adult life," she told Salon's Mary Elizabeth Williams. "We thought we had it when Anita Hill put a name to it.... It was sexual harassment, and it was not okay. We thought there was going to be a real shift in the workplace, and there wasn't. Now with young feminists, it feels different. It feels like this is it. I'm cautiously optimistic that it's here to stay."

And although she was raised with the virtue-hoarding mantra for girls that no man will buy the cow when he can get the milk for free, Lahti counters, "Why buy the whole pig just for a little sausage?" Watch the video above to hear Lahti talk about why smiling isn't your girl job, and what you need to know if you're going to be kissing Bradley Cooper. Tune in for SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on Salon, Facebook and Periscope.

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