Greta Gerwig’s New Woody Allen Comments Show She’s Focusing On The Present Rather Than Her Past Film With Him
After the recent flood of sexual assault allegations in Hollywood, people are finally starting to become conscious of who works with the accused, especially where Woody Allen is concerned. So many otherwise beloved actors have a history of working with the director despite the allegations against him, including many women. Greta Gerwig isn't sure if she regrets working with Allen, but at this point, it might be more important to focus on what choices she makes in the future.
UPDATE: In an interview with the New York Times published on Tuesday, Gerwig spoke about Allen again and made clear that she would not have worked in Allen's film if she knew what she knows now. She said in part, "I can only speak for myself and what I’ve come to is this: If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film. I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again.
EARLIER: While talking to a reporter backstage at Sunday's Golden Globes, the Lady Bird director opened up about working with Allen in the 2012 movie, To Rome With Love (film editor: Alisa Lepselter). According to Indiewire, she was asked if she regretted taking that role knowing about the accusations made against Allen, to which she replied:
"[It's] something that I’ve thought deeply about and I care deeply about, and I haven’t even had an opportunity to have an in-depth discussion where I come down on one side or the other. But it’s something I definitely take to heart, and, honestly, my job right now I think is to occupy the position of a writer and director, and to be that person, and to tell those stories."
Some fans may not be happy with Gerwig's answer since she didn't offer a straight condemnation of Allen and his work, but it's also complicated question for her to answer. Regret, even when it comes to career choices, are personal, and Gerwig may approach that part of her life in a different way than many other people do. Either way, it's good to hear that the claims against Allen are something that she does take seriously as an actor, writer, and director.
Gerwig's role in To Paris With Love took place in 2012, two years before Dylan Farrow published her famous 2014 op-ed in the New York Times, accusing her former stepfather of sexually assaulting her as a child (claims that Allen denied at the time). Although there were certainly rumors about Allen before then, Farrow's op-ed put much more public focus on the alleged misconduct.
In a statement to BuzzFeed News on Monday, Farrow said that although she applauded the #TimesUp movement, she hopes that people who are standing up against sexual assault will also hold themselves accountable for the ways they may have contributed to the problem themselves.
She told the site in a statement:
I fully support women taking a stand, linking arms with other women (and men), advocating on behalf of one another to effect change not only in the entertainment industry but in the world at large. That is an admirable and worthwhile objective, I hope these women change the world. That said, the people who join this movement without taking any kind of personal accountability for the ways in which their own words and decisions have helped to perpetuate the culture they are fighting against, that’s hard for me to reconcile.
Gerwig seems focused on the present. And now that she — and the rest of Hollywood — are well aware of the allegations against Allen, it's easier to judge them for their behavior going forward. It's important to support those alleging sexual abuse and doing that could mean turning down the chance to work with a director who's been accused, regardless of how legendary he may be.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit online.rainn.org.