Minnie Driver spoke of her ‘complex’ feelings surrounding the #MeToo movement, admitting that while it was ‘satisfying’ to see many female colleagues getting justice, she also struggled to watch ‘dishonest’ women discuss their experience .
The movement went viral in 2017 following numerous sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinsteinwith people like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lawrence and Uma Thurman leading a number of high profile stars discussing their experiences.
Minnie, 52, dove into the debate on Friday as she spoke about the movement on How to Fail with Elizabeth Day.
‘They were complicit in moving forward’: Minnie Driver called stars ‘dishonest’ who jumped on the #MeToo trend, sharing her ‘complex’ feelings about the movement
She recalled, “God, it was so satisfying.” It was so amazing. It was so amazing to finally feel all these women like a lot of stories that I already knew, because you talk in the business, everyone knew everyone knew who not to be left alone in a room with.
“Everybody knew how to hear them publicly, see them not be shouted at, see these women say, ‘Oh my God, we can come together. And if we unite, then our voices are louder. It was so satisfying.
“And then I have to say the other part of it was the kind of amazement that the women I knew were super dishonest about their involvement, women who had been completely complicit and wanted to get ahead by doing certain things, which were then suddenly on their feet saying “yes, yes, it was awful. It was awful”.
‘I realized that, in a way that was another expression of everyone’s abuse, was that wanting to cooperate with the idea of being a victim later on after having been completely agreement to do certain things is also to be a victim of those things. So it was very complex.
Minnie did not specify who she was referring to.
She recalled: ‘There was amazement that women I knew were super dishonest about their involvement, women who had been completely complicit’
She continued, “It was pretty amazing. I didn’t feel like it was a witch hunt. I found it hilarious how many men like “you know, we’re being wrongly accused”. And it’s like, yeah, tell that to all the other witches.
Minnie also opened up about her own experience with Weinstein, recalling how he tried to ban her from starring in his 1997 hit Good Will Hunting.
She explained, “He didn’t want me in the movie. Again, he was very vocal about the fact that he didn’t think I was in his “f**kable” words…
“But I never liked him because he was a revolting marginalizer of women. He put them in such a narrow bin. It was just revolting. It was revolting. I’ve seen enough girls on his lap to be thankful it wasn’t me.
“But I certainly didn’t suffer, but I had an experience that, you know, in his hands, made me feel like I felt a million times before, you know, that I was a shit and that I wasn’t worth it and of course, I wasn’t going to get the part.
“But on the other side, I’m going to have it, it doesn’t matter that this big producer doesn’t want me to.” I will do it anyway. And I did.’
Shocking: Minnie also opened up about her own experience with Harvey Weinstein, recalling how he tried to ban her from starring in his 1997 hit Good Will Hunting
Minnie also opened up about her experiences with misogynistic casting directors, revealing that she had once been “ogled” when told to fake an orgasm for an audition.
She explained: “I remember walking into the room and it was full of men…And the director said, ‘You know, you saw the scene in When Harry Met Sally, which we want you to do. do is like take a little bit of chocolate and eat chocolate and have an orgasm. Right away you go. And all those revolting advertising executives lean slightly forward in their chairs.
“And I knew it was wrong. I knew that was just wrong. But I really wanted the job. Plus, I thought I was supposed to. That’s what you had to do to get a job, I mean.
“So I went and sat there and ate the chocolate which was disgusting and tried to have an orgasm. I tried to fake an orgasm. But I was kind of looking at a sea of dead-eyed guys on their lunch break in Soho in July and it was all so sickening.
“I couldn’t even fake an orgasm for a job. And I basically got yelled at by the director for not being grateful and then just sort of ogled and laughed at by this whole crowd. And that was the most feeling. strange because I was devastated to know that I was not going to get this job.
“Also, I kind of gave the director a piece of my mind because I finally got it and I was like ‘this is crazy, that you all do this. Besides, this chocolate is disgusting. And also, I don’t want this fucking job” even though I was broke. So that was a pretty weird turn.
Outrageous: Minnie also opened up about her experiences with misogynistic casting directors, revealing she was once ‘ogled’ when told to fake an orgasm for an audition
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