Michelle Rodriguez took to her Instagram account to express her frustration about the lack of importance given to female characters in the Fast & Furious franchise as she threatened to leave the saga.
In her post, the actress, whose character, Letty, is the last original one left along with Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto, made it clear that if the series of movies didn’t “show some love to the women,” she “might have to say goodbye”.
Throughout its 8 productions and despite the fact that big names like Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren joined its now all-star cast, the Fast & Furious franchise has sadly always been dominated by males.
“It does weigh heavy on my head — especially in the male-dominated environment that I work in,” said Rodriguez in an interview with the magazine Entertainment Weekly. “At the end of the day, the only leverage I have as an individual is my participation. That’s the only leverage I ever use with anything. It’s like, look, this doesn’t agree with my ethics, morals. My heart doesn’t feel right doing this in front of millions of people, so I can always oblige myself and depart because money, to me, isn’t as important as my lines that you’re not allowed to cross.”
Rodriguez’s post already counts more than 200,000 likes and has generated many positive messages from fans who praised her for speaking out.