The times, they are already a changin’ for Michelle Williams.
While speaking on the positive reverberations coming from Hollywood’s sexual harassment scandals, the All the Money in the World actress revealed she’s proud to be a part of “rewriting the ending to something.”
Williams admitted it was “disheartening” to learn about the sexual assault allegations made against Spacey, but felt empowered by Scott’s decision to replace the disgraced actor and reshoot his scenes with Christopher Plummer taking over the role.
What could have been a cinematic disaster, she said, turned into a “beautiful” moment in history — one that Williams thoroughly enjoyed being a part of. She told People:
“It’s kind of beautiful. It can be done, rewriting the ending to something. We had the resources to do it and not everyone is lucky enough to be able to rewrite endings. I know that meant a lot to me personally to go from this sort of sad story of what happens in the fallout of this kind of behavior, and how many other lives are affected, no lives more than the people that Kevin hurt. It was disheartening. It felt so defeatist. And so I’ve enjoyed being part of this story. It makes other things seem possible.”
Williams added that the film’s fourth-quarter edit is symbolic of a larger rewrite taking place in the culture of Hollywood.
Despite the devastation surrounding the scandals, the 37-year-old said that she’s already experiencing “more professional” behavior on set:
“It’s been such an interesting time in the last few months. It’s been on one hand brutalizing and traumatizing and on the other hand I feel like its given me this like swoop of energy I’m not really accustomed to, it’s amazing. I feel alternate endings are possible all over the spectrum at this point in time. I feel like everything’s up for grabs.”
The actress, who has been Oscar-nominated for two movies produced by Harvey Weinstein, echoed sentiments that the industry is tipping over to a place of positive change:
“I feel like there’s a chance for change and that’s exciting I’m going to be a part of it. I felt a difference even on the set I am working on now. It’s different. Everyone’s more professional. It’s pretty cool.”
V cool indeed, Michelle! But there’s still much work to be done.
[Image via Sony Pictures.]