In the true story, Hawkins plays Rita O'Grady, a Ford factory worker who organizes a strike of all the female employees until they are paid the equal wages of their male counterparts - a strike that eventually brought the English production of Fords to a standstill.
With the role of someone like Rita
, was there a concern that it could come off as too preachy if not played correctly?
Yeah, I think first we had a really great script that doesn't fall into that.
But I was aware - very aware, actually - that it could quite easily become that because she
had many of those speeches.
was becoming very much a political figure that it could quite quickly become strident and also you stop listening in that way.
I thought that it had to be quite subtle in her
development as a political figure, but, also, not lose who she
is a housewife and a normal working mom.
organizes the strike but there are some unforeseen consequences as a result.