How to Hire Like ‘Star Wars’ Director J.J. Abrams

by Evil HR Lady on March 10, 2016

The heroes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, were not what you’d expect typical Hollywood stars to be. The female lead, Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, was strong and smart, but at no point did she wear a skin tight dress or have her chest do the talking for her. The male lead, Finn, played by John Boyega, was well-muscled and smart, as one would expect, but he is also black–a characteristic that stands out in a world of white male leads.

Another J.J. Abrams success also consisted of a rather diverse cast. The cult hit Lost, contained, as QZ describes, “the types of faces you’d expect to see on an actual transpacific flight.” Since the story is all about a plane that crashes on a mysterious island in the midst of a transpacific flight, that actually makes sense.

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Duncan - Vetter March 10, 2016 at 6:55 pm

Interesting point of view. Indeed, if a hiring process goes smooth, people tend to use it again and again and again, leaving almost no room for diversity. HRs need to have a broad perspective and a clear idea of what they want to achieve, and of course, to know who they are targeting.


peej March 10, 2016 at 11:48 pm

When Abrams includes the LGBQT part of America in his equation, now we got sumthin’…


Miller March 17, 2016 at 12:25 am

peej, this is Hollywood. I’m sure the LGBQT community is represented.


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