Stargate’s Amanda Tapping has moved from acting, to producing, to directing — and now she’s speaking out about her experience in the industry and how she hopes it can be reformed.
Marking International Women’s Day, the new project “Bite the Bullet Stories” has released a new installment featuring the former Samantha Carter actress. In it Amanda discusses the trials she has faced as a professional, especially since she began her career as a director.
Created by actor and photographer Farrah Aviva, “Bite the Bullet Stories” features celebrities and everyday people sharing their own experiences of personal hardship, triumph, and determination for change.
For Amanda, that means confronting an industry of sexism and attacks on women’s self-worth.
She also speaks to the growing ‘Me Too’ movement in the film and television industry, calling for it to reach beyond the immediacy of finger-pointing to secure a real, level playing field for women in the industry.
“I don’t want the ‘Me Too’ movement to hurt us in the long run,” she says — “and I feel like it’s starting to go that way.” The real point of the movement is not merely to call out wrongdoers for what they have done, but for women to insist that “I deserve equal respect, and to be treated with dignity. And that’s not asking too much.”
“I guess I’m ‘Biting the Bullet,’ ultimately, to say that we can be our genuine, authentic, graceful, beautiful, creative selves … without having to apologize for it. And without letting people take our power away.”
Watch the full, 8-minute video below. Then be sure to read Amanda’s follow-up post on Instagram!
Amanda will also be honored by the Director’s Guild of Canada, B.C. at the annual Women in Entertainment gala tonight! Her directorial debut was actually on an episode of Stargate SG-1 back in 2003 — the seventh season episode “Resurrection.”
Today Amanda Tapping has nearly 50 directing credits to her name. This year she is directing an episode of the NBC drama Blindspot (created by former Atlantis writer-producer Martin Gero).
Find more “Bite the Bullet” stories on the project’s YouTube channel.