Former Jessie star Debby Ryan recently spoke out about the endless struggles one has to face in the entertainment industry, including issues of sexism.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Debby spoke about Alanis Morrissette’s female-empowering album Jagged little Pill, saying: “[Alanis was] proud of being a little bit broken and little bit dark. For her to give everyone permission to be that and not be polished and not be completely perfect– it’s really exciting, and really freeing and liberating.”
“I think it’s 100% an issue,” Debby said of sexism in the entertainment industry. “But I also think there are so many things that are coming against so many people.”
“I will never experience what it’s like to be an African-American in the industry. I’ll never know what it’s like to be a man growing up in this industry and having these standards of manhood and boyhood,” she added. “I think that we all have our things that we need to fight and come up against that’s not fair. And some of us have it significantly worse than others.”
“I’ve had a hard road,” she said.
“I’ve fought battles that no one will ever know about. I’ve faced so much heavy criticism, so many double standards, so many expectations, so many unfair kind of treatments and stigmas but ultimately, it’s something that [you can handle].”
“It’s not fair but being able to overcome it only shows that much more strength and character.”
You can watch Debby’s interview here.