Entertainment Weekly: There are some people who see you returning to the Thor franchise as a cop out, a money grab, or you turning your back on the principles you've built the latter part of your career on. What would you say to those people?
Chloe Hart: I'd say those people aren't paying attention. Yes, i'm sure a lot of fans are first pissed off that a lady will be deemed worthy of the power of thor, but they need to remember we're in the 21st century. Women are powerful. Women are worthy. Why COULDN'T a woman become Thor? There are a lot of little boys masquerading as men on the Internet who sound off on how unrealistic this film will be, to which I say, you do remember you're watching a film about gods from another "world", correct?
To the other people what are saying i've turned by back on my ideals for a paycheck, I've taken a little more time to figure out how I want to talk to them, because I can understand where they're coming from, I understand why they're thinking like this. I did leave the franchise after being fairly vocal that I didn't like the direction my character was taking. I didn't like that a female director i greatly respect and wanted to work with was removed from The Dark World after I signed my contract. I have built my production company around works that will give women the roles they deserve to work on, to embody. But here's the thing: When Taika came on board during Ragnarok, the whole tone of the Thor franchise changed. For the better.
Taika and I have had numerous conversations about what I would need to bring me back into the fold. He knows who I am as an actress and as a businesswoman. He knows that I'm not looking to take roles where I prop up the male lead, where my character is reduced to nothing. He pitched the film being about power, about a woman taking a step out of the shadows and being just as worthy as a man. I stand up for women. I stand up for women being seen and heard. Rest assured, I would not return to this franchise if this role wasn't being handled with the utmost care by Taika and his team. I trust him completely. I think everyone who is naysaying this decision will have their minds changed once they see the film. Remember, this is just in development now. And anyone who has read the comic that Taika is drawing inspiration from knows that Jane is just as powerful as Thor, but in different, more human ways. I'm excited to see where things go.