America Ferrera plays the role of Gloria in the latest sensation, the Barbie movie. The monologue delivered by Gloria in the film “comforts and reassures” Barbie. It’s not just Barbie, but the entire cast of the movie and the audience praised it with teary eyes.
But what makes the monologue so special? It’s the sincere and convincing utterance of conflicts and challenges of expectations that we all (the women) face daily in our real life.
Even the director is all praise for Gloria’s dialogue, and she says, “When America was giving her beautiful speech, I was just sobbing, and then I looked around and I realized everybody’s crying on the set.
The men are crying, too, because they have their own speech they feel they can’t ever give, you know? And they have their twin tightrope, which is also painful.
There’s something about some of these structures that are just, you know, ‘Somebody make me stop!’ That’s sort of, I suppose, the feeling behind Ken.”
The entire monologue was shot in two days. America said that there was a mixed bag of emotions throughout the thirty to fifty full runs of the shoot. Sometimes, a take caused laughter, while another take brought anger.
The idea was to utter the words with full conviction at the moment and let the words take full charge of how the course will be charted. The Barbie actress mentions, “It was about just staying as present in the moment and just seeing really where the words would take it.”
Gloria’s message is also about being conscious about body image and how we can be adaptive to it. It’s a proud moment for all the women when Gloria says, “You have to be thin, but not too thin. And you can never say you want to be thin.
You have to say you want to be healthy, but also you have to be thin.”Her monologue also harps on how difficult it is to be a career woman and take care of others at the same time.
We (the women) are always expected to do things that look like oxymorons, and even we cannot complain while dealing with so many conflicts.