Smart. Sassy. Sexy. 6 amazing actresses, one fabulous conversation

Shobhna Iyer @shoiyer

Get ready to laugh until it hurts, and to have deep, deep thoughts. Like they do every year, The Hollywood Reporter sat down with the best actors and actresses across television and film to talk about the state of the industry.

They're all worth a watch, but the one we focus on here today is the Comedy Actress Roundtable, which brought together six of the many amazing women on television today for an insightful, revelatory and - of course - hilarious conversation. [Warning: there is some R-rated language, so make sure you have your headphones on.]

Lena Dunham, star and showrunner of GIRLS and Amy Schumer, also star and showrunner of Inside Amy Schumer, talk a lot about being women in control of projects and the joys and complications of that. But it becomes clear from the discussion for all these actresses, as for most women and minorities in Hollywood, the way forward is to have more than just white men in control.

After all, Gina Rodriguez's Jane the Virgin is run by the talented Jennie Snyder Urman (and Rodriguez talks in the video about how Snyder Urman tastefully and respectfully brought to TV life characters from a different world than hers - a Latina world, to be specific).

And Ellie Kemper, the youngest in the group, is the star of Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a show and character created keeping her in mind by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.

Tracee Ellis Ross is the only black woman on the panel and she, along with Rodriguez, brought to the table some crucial conversations about race.

She spoke, for instance, about race beating gender in terms of the discrimination and typecasting they face. Ross, daughter of legendary singer Diana Ross, currently stars in the hit sitcom Black-ish which, along with shows like Jane the Virgin and Fresh off the Boat, are taking narratives of families and communities beyond TVs default white, upper-class stories.

And last but not least there's Kate McKinnon from Saturday Night Live, who has done everything on the show from play Hillary Clinton to that amazing spoof of Justin Bieber-Calvin Klein that made her everyone's favourite gender-bending person on screen.

The hour-long discussion covers everything from having to deal with creepy or misogynistic men on set, the kind of harassment women face on social media and sex scenes. But there's also heaps of laughter, an amazing sense of camaraderie and no-holds-barred honesty.

You're going to love it.

Shobhna Iyer

Shobhna Iyer @shoiyer