How Loki Director Encouraged Gender Diversity On Set

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Kate Herron, director for Season 1 of Loki, says that gender diversity among the crew members of the Disney+ series was a major priority.

Loki’s Season 1 director Kate Herron shared that making sure there was gender diversity among the crew on the hit Disney+ series was a big priority.

“This was the first time I was gonna get to hire my heads of department on a television show I worked on,” Herron said in an interview with Variety. “I was like, I’d really love [the crew] to be 50/50 across gender.”

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While Herron added that she wasn’t on a mission to fill any specific jobs on the show’s set with a specific gender, she was very aware that hiring more women was necessary. Specifically, she recalled thinking, “There aren’t enough women in these roles. They’re out there. It’s a lack of opportunity. It’s not a lack of interest.”

With that in mind, Herron ended up hiring women to take on two critical roles that are still rarely occupied by women in Hollywood: cinematographer Autumn Durald (The Sun Is Also a Star) and composer Natalie Holt (History’s Knightfall).

“I felt like she was inside my mind,” Herron said about her decision to hire Durald. “We have the same taste. And I love the way that she talks about light as a character.” Meanwhile, Herron decided to hire Holt after hearing that the composer’s pitch was focusing on Loki’s identity as a character, noting, “Her music then started to inspire how I wanted to shoot other scenes.”

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In another interview about the series, Herron revealed that a lot of thought also went into casting Lovecraft Country star Jonathan Majors as He Who Remains — a variant of Kang the Conqueror — in the Loki Season 1 finale. “He’s just an actor that we all loved,” Herron said at the time. “We sent him the art of all the characters and it was really fun [because] he was sending us all of these different voices he could do for each character, which was great.”

For his part, Majors said his previous clown training helped inform his take on the character. “There’s more smiling in that one performance than there has been in my other performances combined,” Majors said. “It’s just what it calls for…I’ve been at it for a long time, and to be able to exercise that was a lot of fun.”

Directed by Kate Herron, the entire first season of Loki is now available to stream on Disney+. Season 2 has been confirmed, though without Herron as the director.

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Source: Variety

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