Charlotte Riley says Wonderworks Nursery is vital for families in film
Actress Charlotte Riley says a nursery she co-founded for those in the film industry is “the first time in movie history.”
The Wonderworks Nursery near Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden was co-founded a year ago – and mother of two says it was ‘all kinds of wrongs’ women in the industry had to choose between advancing their careers. or a child.
Riley, who is married to actor Tom Hardy, said Time that it is a “privilege” not to have to rely on childcare ten hours a day – because many people cannot afford not to work and put aside their work duties.
The actress said she wasn’t forced to turn down a job because she could afford to hire a nanny ‘because my partner works’ – but notes that others in the industry don’t are often not so lucky.
In fact, she cited a recent survey by Raising Films, an organization advocating for parents’ rights in cinema, which found that 79% of people in the film industry were negatively affected by becoming parents.
Speaking about how the industry is asking more women to write and direct films, she said, “It’s great to do that and put millions of people in finding these people when they go out. school and put them in training.
“What’s the problem if they don’t keep them when they’re in their thirties?”
Wonderworks Nursery (Photo: Street View)
Recalling her stint on the Dark Heart TV series in 2016, she said there were so many women who “worked the back”, and many feared “if I want to be a mom, it’s not going to work”.
The actress said the nursery – which accommodates 30 full-time and ten part-time children – is important for those in the industry who don’t have huge salaries, who have to work for short contracts and move between shoots in studio and outdoors.
She said Mr. Hardy has “really supported” the nursery and understands how “vital” it is.
Wonderworks is continually supported by Warner Bros Studios and much of the furniture is made up of old movie props.
The actress said she is starting a campaign that by 2024 all productions will have a line in their budget for child care.
In an open letter to studios and production companies, Wonderworks wrote: “Without flexible and accessible child care, equality and inclusion in the film and television industry cannot be achieved. .
“We are calling on industry leaders not only to recognize that the lack of flexible, high-quality child care is creating a barrier, but that action must be taken by industry decision makers to cause Changes.
“We are asking industry leaders to make onsite child care solutions a priority; whether it is complete nurseries for large productions, or childcare assistance for small productions. ”
To sign the open letter, visit here.