Attention, Starbucks Barista: Helen Hunt Is Not Jodie Foster
It's hard out there for a woman in Hollywood, particularly a woman over forty who isn't named "Meryl." Not only are women marginalized to a mere 30 percent of Hollywood's speaking roles, but a recent study found that as women get older, they are given increasingly less on-screen dialogue. And this is all while making 78 cents on the dollar (if we're lucky).
Still, you'd think the neighborhood coffee shop would at least be a refuge. A place where a female with star power could be recognized with a knowing smile, and maybe even granted free extra whipped cream on her latte. But it seems Oscar-winning actress Helen Hunt can't even catch a break at Starbucks.
In a tweet from this afternoon, Hunt recounts ordering her drink and asking the barista if she wanted her name; the barista winked and said "We gotcha." And then handed her a cup with "Jody" [sic] scrawled on it. Brutal.
Apparently, the barista wasn't the first to mistake the two Oscar-winning actresses. Hunt even discussed it on the Late Show with David Letterman in 1994: