Rosie Perez was “dreading the wardrobe” for Birds of Prey because she was expecting to be put in a skintight suit.
In the upcoming comic book movie, the 55-year-old plays Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya, who teams up with Margot Robbie’s deranged criminal Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s crossbow-wielding Huntress, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s Black Canary to save a young girl from Ewan McGregor’s evil Black Mask.
In a joint interview with her co-stars for Glamour U.S. magazine, Perez admitted she was relieved to be given regular trousers and a button-down shirt to wear as detective Montoya, as she feared she would be given something tight and sexy.
“I didn’t feel objectified,” she said. “I’m the oldest one here, and I was dreading the wardrobe… When I saw it (the costume), I went, ‘Oh!’ Then, when I saw the other girls, I was like, ‘You look hot! You look hot! You look hot! Yay!’ I was happy. You could be sexy, but you didn’t have to put on the sexiness.”
With Cathy Yan helming the movie from a script by Christina Hodson, Birds of Prey is the first comic book film to be directed and written by women, and starring four women, with Robbie also serving as a producer.
And Winstead shared that she could feel the difference between the female-led movie to male-led ones she’s worked on in the past, because there wasn’t much emphasis placed on her appearance.
“You’re not scrutinised with, ‘How can she look hotter?’ Which is an experience I’ve definitely had in the past,” she said, while Perez added, “It’s not like, ‘Let’s just put her in that because her a*s is great,’ which I know we’ve all experienced.”