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Actor’s Worst Job: Working for a Christian

Because his resume includes everything from Oscar nominated work (Foxcatcher, The Kids Are All Right) to a well-received turn as the Incredible Hulk in the blockbuster Avengers franchise, it’s likely that actor Mark Ruffalo won’t have to worry about having quality employment anytime soon. But like most people, he hasn’t always enjoyed his work.

But when he was asked in a recent promotional interview about the worst job he’s ever had, Ruffalo didn’t mention anything in the realm of acting. Instead, he referred to working in a guitar store with a “hardcore fundamentalist Christian” who was “really mean.” He went on to describe the man in question as “a little bit racist” and “incredibly condescending and arrogant.”

I recognize that we only have Ruffalo’s account of his experience to go on, but it nevertheless sparked a number of thoughts:

Men Can’t Have It All Either

Back in the summer of 2012, Anne-Marie Slaughter responded to a decision by Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, to severely curtail telecommuting with an article in the Atlantic entitled “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” In Tuesday’s post Nathan wrestled with that issue from the perspective of Indra Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo.

Before I leave for a long weekend visiting my mom in Minneapolis, I want to come at the same topic from another perspective…the man’s. In an article in the Times, “He Hasn’t Had It All Either,” Michael Winerip shares how he and his wife, both journalists, have each had to make difficult choices regarding work and family.

PepsiCo CEO Says She Doesn’t Think Women Can Have It All

In many respects, Indra K. Nooyi is an enormously successful woman. The 58 year-old CEO of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business on the planet, often ranks highly on list of the world’s most powerful women and top executives in general. She reportedly earned a salary of over $13 million in 2013.

She is also the married mother of two daughters, and her attempts to balance this aspect of her life with her role as the leader of PespiCo led her to offer some provocative comments at the recent Aspen Ideas Festival. David Bradley, owner of The Atlantic, asked Nooyi the following question: “What’s your opinion about whether women can have it all?” The following are excerpts from her answer: