This is so horrifying.
Actress Thandie Newton revealed in an interview with W Magazine this week that she was sexually harassed and abused as a younger actress during an audition.
The actress shared a story about how a filmmaker (who she refused to name) asked her to do some very inappropriate things — on camera — for a callback on a role she was pursuing, saying:
“A director, on a callback, had a camera shooting up my skirt and asked me to touch my t*ts and think about the guy making love to me in the scene. I thought, ‘Ok, this is a little weird,’ but there was a female casting director in the room and I’d done weird stuff before so I did it.”
It didn’t end there, though — and perhaps the scariest part actually came years later.
The 43-year-old detailed how she was at a party when, randomly, a drunken producer approached her and said he’d seen her recently. Almost immediately, he ran away looking shocked that he’d said that to her — and for good reason.
Newton had her husband ask the producer what he meant, and it wasn’t good:
“The director was showing that audition tape to his friends after poker games at his house. And they would all get off on it.”
Fortunately, though, the Crash actress was able to take something away from it despite the scary story:
“I was so, so naive when I started out and I realize now that we have to prepare our kids ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ I’ve got two beautiful daughters, one is 16, one is 11. But one person will read this and it will stop them getting sexually abused by a director. That’s the person I’m interested in.”
Very well said.
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