There are many things Westworld’s first season should be applauded for: incredible storytelling, superb acting, aesthetically beautiful Western locations (to name a few). One of the more prominent highlights, however, are the strong female characters that are heavily featured and established as the heroes in this Western sci-fi tale – characters like Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton), among others.
This feature of the show is not lost on Wood, who has been an outspoken supporter of women’s rights (along with Newton). While there is a lot to take from Westworld in terms of female empowerment, it is certainly not the only project out there shining a light on the power of women.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Wood acknowledges that more movies and TV shows are now featuring strong female leads, and draws a comparison between her Westworld character and one from the DC universe:
“I saw Wonder Woman in theaters…there have been strong female characters, certainly not enough, but there was something about the representation in Wonder Woman that was different. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. But I think it’s because she was such an outsider and such an alien and didn’t really understand the patriarchy. There’s something about Dolores not really being a man or a woman. She’s a machine. She kind of transcends gender and stereotypes. There’s something very cool and inspiring about that.”
If you’ve seen Wonder Woman (and if not, you should), I think you would agree that this is definitely a fair comparison. Both characters find themselves in a strange world (Wonder Woman leaves her homeland for the ‘real’ world; Dolores finally wakes up in her self-conscious world), and both ignore gender stereotypes en route to fulfilling their respective missions.
Wood also can’t help but be happy to see how Dolores is portrayed in the upcoming season’s teaser trailer that dropped a few weeks ago:
“It made me so happy. That character went through so much in the first season, so much pain and so many horrible realizations about the world and herself. The whole time, people were rooting for her to break free and take control. To finally have that image of her with this disheveled blue dress and bullets across her chest and her hair blowing in the wind, free and wild, and taking control of her life again […] I think symbolically, it represents so much. It’s something we were longing to see.”
Only time will tell how Dolores continues to build upon her new sense of self, but from the looks of it, she’s not going to be taking shit from anybody, human or host.
Wood goes on to talk about how she was able to keep the variations of her character straight, and why she became the most theory-crazy actor on the show. Check out her entire interview, and let us know what you think!