Constantin Stanislavski, co-founder of the world-famous Moscow Art Theatre and author of An Actor Prepares, once remarked: "There are no small parts, only small actors."
And while the quote works in theory, it doesn't always quite hold up in practice.
Comedian, actress, and writer Aparna Nancherla, who appears as Grace in the Comedy Central series Corporate and hosts the podcast Blue Woman Group, which has been called a hilarious podcast about depression, recently took to Twitter recently with quite a different take on the quote.
Especially when it comes to women working in Hollywood:
There are no small parts for women in Hollywood, just roommate of murder victim and best friend of murder victim!— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) January 31, 2018
Twitter was quick to agree with Nancherla while offering up some other common roles for women:
Try being sassy gay best friend of roommate of murder victim 💁🏻♂️— Canuck Twit (@CanuckTwit) January 31, 2018
You forgot hot girl with two lines who gets naked with semi-fat and pasty lead in a comedy who, in real life, would be miles away from any pair of bare breasts. That’s a small part for women in Hollywood.— Ephoe bags and durable glamorwear (@EphoeStudios) January 31, 2018
It's amazing how many juicy parts are out there for actresses to sink their creative teeth into:
What about the timid assistant that the executive always screams at— Mr. Beauregard (@FrostyHotCoffee) February 3, 2018
Shout out for the older ladies: “disapproving woman at next table” and “drunk at end of country/casino bar.”— Vivian Vargona (@VVargona) January 31, 2018
The 70's featured so many women- strippers interviewed abt murder victims, hookers interviewed abt murder victims, housewives of neighbors of murder victims...— Kirk (@MrL0gistiX) January 31, 2018
Many reminded Nancherla that she forgot one major Hollywood role for women: the murder victim!
And sometimes murder victim! Women can be anything now!— Jennifer Bean (@brainofthebean) January 31, 2018
But, still, parts in relation to the murder victim appeared to be plentiful:
You forgot maid of the murder victim, especially if you're latina.— M.L. (@lobosman36) February 1, 2018
Sister of murder victim, mother of murder victim. Murder victim.— Chris Morrison (@JCMorrison74) January 31, 2018
Some pointed out the importance of the "murder victim" role:
*Also, the murder victim, which requires loads of talent, to develop the character enough *before* being murdered to carry them through the end of the plot— Kirk (@MrL0gistiX) January 31, 2018
as long as the murder victim was killed to develop the character/narrative of her male romantic interest we're good tho, right?— Laura Fitton (@Pistachio) January 31, 2018
Playing a dead girl is such a part of our television and movie culture that there's even a film being made about it:
It would seem that Nancherla is onto something.