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    Geena Davis Says She Was Treated Differently After Winning An Oscar And It Wasn't For The Better

    "They didn't want a woman to potentially cause them any problems."

    Geena Davis was treated differently after she won her first Oscar — and it wasn't for the better.

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    Back in 1989, Geena took home the award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Accidental Tourist.

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    While she says she did "unexpectedly feel a tremendous feeling of having accomplished something," she recalled that following her win, several directors tried to put her in her place when she arrived on set.

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    "I had two directors, after I won the Oscar, who I had a rocky start with, because they assumed that I was going to think I was 'all that,' and they wanted to make sure that I didn't feel like I was 'all that,'" Geena said on the Allison Interviews podcast.

    She continued, "Without having met me or having spent any time with me or anything, they just assumed I was going to be like, 'Well, now no one is going to tell me what to do!'"

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    Geena noted that she never expected the win to put her "at the top of the A-list" or for it to be her "magic ticket to doing everything" she wanted to do.

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    Instead, Geena believes the rocky relationship with the directors may have happened because she was a woman.

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    "I think maybe because I was a woman, the directors felt that way. And maybe it was even unconscious bias that they would maybe do it to a woman and not a man. But they didn't want a woman to potentially cause them any problems," she said.

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    Geena added, "They wanted to make sure I knew my place, and maybe... It probably wouldn't happen to a man."

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    You can hear all that Geena had to say here.