Mira Sorvino Vows She Will Never Work With Director Woody Allen

  • Mira Sorvino Vows She Will Never Work With Director Woody Allen

Mira Sorvino Vows She Will Never Work With Director Woody Allen

Sorvino, who won an Oscar for her role in Allen's 1995 comedy, "Mighty Aphrodite", made the declaration on the heels of "Lady Bird" director Greta Gerwig's public departure from the revered filmmaker this week. She answered that she hadn't really had time to think about it (in four years), but later released a more thoughtful statement, saying "If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film". "I grew up on his movies, and they have informed me as an artist, and I cannot change that fact now, but I can make different decisions moving forward".

Mira Sorvina spoke about the Time's Up movement Thursday, warning those involved in to stay focused on harassment and abuse and not be distracted by the issues of "a very general women's movement" encompassing more issues such as pay equality.

Sorvino penned the open letter after Dylan has claimed that her 82-year-old father sexually molested her when she was only 7-year-old. She remembers herself in the mid '90s as a "naive young actress" who accepted "the media's portrayal of [Dylan's] abuse allegations against [her] father as an outgrowth of a twisted custody battle between Mia Farrow and him". At the Golden Globes, she side-stepped the question about working with Allen, but a few days later, she took part in an online conversation for The New York Times that included Times op-ed columnist Frank Bruni and writer/director Aaron Sorkin.

Shortly after Sorvino's letter was published, Farrow gave her a heartfelt thank you on Twitter.

Following the session, Sorvino briefly told the press that ever since directors Peter Jackson and Terry Zwigoff came out with their apologies about not considering Sorvino for roles per Weinstein's resistance, that "since those allegations or revelations there seems to be a lot of goodwill toward me in the entertainment business and I'm getting offers".

It is hard to sever ties and denounce your heroes, your benefactors, whom you fondly admired and felt a debt of gratitude toward for your entire career's existence. "But that is where we stand today". "But", she writes to Farrow, "this does not excuse my turning a blind eye to your story simply because I wanted desperately for it not to be so". The uprising of the #MeToo movement might have given both male and female Hollywood figures the strength to come forward about dozens of other men in the industry, but nothing has come close to making a lasting dent in Allen's reputation.

No one is necessarily flawless, but an important part of trying to make true change is to really reckon with that damaging past. I think these questions are entirely fair.

"We are in a day and age when everything must be re-examined". "I think it's wonderful to work for parody and equal pay, but we can not leave the voices of all the victims of abuse and harassment behind as we move forward to rise together". "If this means tearing down all the old gods, so be it", Sorvino wrote to Farrow. I believe you! I am grateful to you and admire your integrity and bravery, one woman who has had to stand virtually alone all these years speaking her painful truth.

You can read Sorvino's full letter at HuffPost.