Leonardo DiCaprio Praises Co-Star Lily Gladstone as 'Voice of Change'

Celebrating Women's Impact in Hollywood and Beyond

by Zain ul Abedin
Leonardo DiCaprio Praises Co-Star Lily Gladstone as 'Voice of Change'
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At the star-studded Variety’s Power of Women event, renowned actor Leonardo DiCaprio paid a glowing tribute to his "Killers of the Flower Moon" co-star, Lily Gladstone. The esteemed gathering at the chic Los Angeles restaurant Mother Wolf on November 16 witnessed DiCaprio, dressed in a sharp navy-blue suit paired with a black button-up shirt, deliver a poignant and heartfelt speech.

In his address, DiCaprio, known for his iconic roles in "Titanic" and "Inception," extolled Gladstone’s remarkable journey and her significant contributions to the film industry. He poignantly highlighted the challenges and biases she faced, underscoring the systemic issues within Hollywood.

“That an actor of such profound talent has found it a long and hard road to get this recognition speaks to the unfairness that still exists in our industry today,” the 49-year-old actor remarked. DiCaprio expressed his sincere hope for a new era in Hollywood, where actors like Gladstone, who bring an authentic and undeniable truth to their storytelling, are celebrated and given prominence.

“Because Lily's not just an actor, she's also an activist,” DiCaprio added, emphasizing her dual role.

Empowerment and Advocacy

The "Shutter Island" star praised Gladstone as a “wise, kind, humble soul, a tremendous talent, and a critical voice of change”.

He commended her work, especially her advocacy for Indigenous women’s rights and her involvement with the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Centre, a group committed to preventing violence against Native women.

The event was a gathering of luminaries, with appearances from notable celebrities such as Margot Robbie, star of the upcoming "Barbie" film, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, the Duchess of Suss*x Meghan Markle, and global music sensation Dua Lipa.

This remarkable event not only celebrated the power of women in entertainment but also highlighted the essential conversations and changes happening within the industry. DiCaprio’s speech resonated with the audience, drawing attention to Hollywood's need for diversity and inclusivity.

His words were a powerful reminder of the ongoing struggle for recognition and equality in the entertainment world, championing the voices that drive change and inspire progress.

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