For as long as I remember I have wanted to be an Actor, yes Actor, not Actress. To me 'Actress' sounds a bit flowery "Hi my name's Claire and I'm an actress" No. My name is Claire and I am an Actor.
I remember attending an industry party with directors, producers, writers and the like. A woman in her mid-forties inquired into what I did for a living. I informed her I was an actor, "An actor!" she exclaimed, "You mean actress?" You are a women therefore you're an actress”
Yes it is true I am a woman but that does not mean I have to be a 2nd class citizen. Call it feminism, equal rights or whatever but a female doctor is a doctor not a doctress, a female lawyer is not a lawyeress but a lawyer so… I think you see where I’m coming from.
I admit I do fancy the occasional feminine reference, sometimes its nice to be a bit girly!