Kate Bosworth: ‘Blue Crush’ could have been ‘exploitative’ in the 2000s

“I think a movie with girls walking around in bikinis might be a different version,” Bosworth said, “certainly in the early 2000s.”

Kate Bosworth didn’t let Hollywood get her down before her big break in Blue Crush in the early 2000s.

The actress reflected on her breakout role and what a bikini-clad Girls Gone Wild parody of a sports surf movie could have been.

“I read a lot of scripts in 2001, and the roles for women certainly weren’t multidimensional,” Bosworth told Vulture. “The ones that showed a lot of depth were quite competitive and I was a ‘nobody’ at the time. As a young blond girl, there were many roles that were stereotypically bitchy, stupid, or boring. Not getting roles wasn’t frustrating because that’s the name of the game, but the clichés were disappointing.”

She added, “If you remember the early 2000s, they could be pretty cruel to young girls, so I felt a little down.”

That is, until director John Stockwell and producer Brian Grazer sent her the full script for Blue Crush.

“I fell in love with her so much. In hindsight, those experiences are lightning in a bottle,” Bosworth shared. “I’m so thankful that John and Brian visualized the existing version of the film because in hindsight it could have been quite exploitative in the wrong hands.”

The Elizabethland star continued, “I think a movie with girls walking around in bikinis could be a different take than it was, certainly in the early 2000s. John and Brian are surfers so they had no interest in taking advantage of this other opportunity. They were determined to tell a real, authentic surfing story, and from a woman’s point of view.”

After the film’s success, which also starred Michelle Rodriguez and Sanoe Lake, Bosworth recalled that out of the blue, he “was considered for any strong, athletic role.” “I remember thinking, ‘Oh, that’s how this whole game works. They don’t believe you until you prove it, and then that’s all they want from you,'” Bosworth recalled. “So I chose the opposite. I did a movie called Wonderland and it was a very dark true story. I was interested in inhabiting someone else entirely.”

As for the rest of the Blue Crush team, director Stockwell continued to direct Into the Blue and episodes of The L Word, while Oscar-winning producer Grazer continued his long-standing collaboration with director Ron Howard, most recently after Thirteen Lives” and the series “Under the Banner of Heaven”.

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