Michelle Rodriguez wasn’t talking about co-star Vin Diesel when she called out the “Fast and the Furious” franchise treatment of women.
The 38-year-old actress blasted the long-running series last week for the lack of female characters, but Diesel, who stars as Dominic Toretto, wasn’t part of her criticism, she assured fans.
“Vin, for many years you’ve been the biggest supporter of strong women,” Rodriguez, who plays Toretto’s love interest, Letty Ortiz, said in an Instagram video.
“I’ve always appreciated that about you throughout the years and just know that if I ever post anything, that it’s not you I’m talking to.”
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In the caption of the post, Diesel said he’s proud of the franchise by “we must try to reach higher each time.”
Last week, Rodriguez threatened to quit the franchise if female characters aren’t given more prominence in the movies.
“I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one,” she wrote on Instagram with a collage of her co-stars.
“Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise. It’s been a good ride & Im grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years… One Love.”
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While Letty is one of just two characters to appear in all eight movies so far, most of the franchise’s female characters have had little influence on the plot around them.
Rodriguez made similar comments last year about the eighth film.
“Charlize Theron is, I think, the most powerful villain this franchise has ever seen,” she told Entertainment Tonight.
“In order for me to be a part of the franchise in the future, they need to up the ante on the females. I mean, it’s like a sausage factory in this thing.”
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