Greta Gerwig Regrets Starring in a Woody Allen Film: ‘I Will Not Work for Him Again’
By Rachel McRady
Greta Gerwig is finally addressing the Woody Allen question head-on. The 34-year-old Lady Bird has long been criticized for appearing in Allen’s 2012 film To Rome With Love, despite the longtime allegations against the controversial director.
In a new interview with The New York Times, Gerwig gave a complete answer about her choice to work with Allen for the first time.
“It is something that I take very seriously and have been thinking deeply about, and it has taken me time to gather my thoughts and say what I mean to say,” she began. “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.”
Gerwig went on to explain how she came to this conclusion, adding, “Dylan Farrow’s two different pieces made me realize that I increased another woman’s pain, and I was heartbroken by that realization. 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.”
Farrow is one of Allen's three children with ex Mia Farrow and has accused him of molesting her as a child in a February 2014 op-ed for the New York Times. An investigation into the claim took place in 1992 and provided no credible evidence. Allen continues to deny the allegations.
Shortly after Gerwig's interview, Farrow took to Twitter to praise her.
"Greta, thank you for your voice. Thank you for your words. Please know they are deeply felt and appreciated," she wrote, retweeting the article.
Greta, thank you for your voice. Thank you for your words. Please know they are deeply felt and appreciated. https://t.co/q7dV2yAFwH
Gerwig attended Sunday night’s Golden Globes, noting she was encouraged by the showing of solidarity for the Time’s Up movement.
“I think that the way women have come together to lead the Time’s Up movement and to make clear goals for our industry is how we are going to move forward with purposefulness,” she said. “I was very moved that the stage was given to the leaders of this movement and the people who can be change agents. These are the women who should be apologized to, and that they were given the space was meaningful.”
Gerwig’s Lady Bird star, Saoirse Ronan picked up the Best Actress award on Sunday, and ET caught up with her right afterwards. Ronan praised her director, saying, “This is all her.” For more from the exclusive interview, watch the clip below!