'Masters Of Sex' Star Lizzy Caplan Slams Gender Roles: 'I Don't Want To Sacrifice My Own Goals To Be A Mother'
Having kids does "not sound all that appealing" to "Masters of Sex" star Lizzy Caplan.
"I don't want it to be an assumption that I will be the one to stay home and raise the kids... I really want kids, and I want to be fully involved in their lives, but I don't want to sacrifice my own goals to be a mother," the 32-year-old actress told Elle Canada.
"I actually romanticize the idea of a stay-at-home dad," she added. "Partly because I think that's a very sexy thing, but also because if there are two working actors and both of them get a job and they have a baby, the woman is going to stay with the baby. I see it all the time. It just seems very unfair."
Caplan doesn't understand why such gendered injustices still exist.
"It's 2014, and if your husband makes less money than you, people ask you if that's 'weird' for you," she said. "It's pretty mind-blowing."
Not as mind blowing as getting nominated for an Emmy for her portrayal as Virginia Johnson in "Masters of Sex."
"It's just so far outside of the realm of what I thought possible for me. I thought that I'd be a journeywoman actress, and I was pretty content with that. I was making a decent living as an actress, and that felt like enough to me," she said.
"But, looking back, I was playing kind of the same type of girl over and over again. Of course, when I first started, I had much bigger goals. But after doing it for 15 years, I felt the industry was telling me to stick to a certain thing. Only now do I realize that it would not have been a very fulfilling life."
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