Mira Sorvino is hopeful that the current women’s movement will bring about change in Hollywood and society in a meaningful way.
In October, the 50-year-old actress was one of many high-profile women accusing disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment in an explosive New Yorker expose by Ronan Farrow. In the piece, Sorvino, who won an Oscar for the Weinstein-produced Mighty Aphrodite in 1996, detailed several accounts of times Weinstein allegedly sexually harassed her.
“I’m very excited that this movement of #MeToo and Time’s Up is taking place, not only for myself but honestly for my daughters because I cannot stand the idea that they would have to suffer what I, and just about any other woman that I have ever met, have suffered in some point in her life, if not multiple times,” Sorvino said at the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday while promoting her AT&T Audience Network series, Condor.
“It all requires great consideration and thought. It’s not a snap-to-judgment thing,” she continued. “I think it’s a really wonderful awakening time for all of us as moral human beings to say that no one should ever have to be abused in their workplace, in their home, [or] harassed. Sexual politics have no place in power dynamics. Our lives have to become more equitable in every way. We do still have to stay very focused on the harassment and abuse issues, rather than jettisoning them in favor of a very general women’s movement. I think it’s wonderful to work for parity and equal pay, but we cannot leave the voices of all the victims of abuse and harassment behind as we move forward. We have to rise together.”
Sorvino was asked aboutRose McGowan’s comments earlier this week, where the Citizen Rose star seemed to imply that there was hypocrisy in people's involvement with the Time’s Up movement and called it a temporary “band-aid” to make Hollywood “feel better” about themselves.
“I think we can all speak for ourselves and our own behavior and how we choose to align ourselves,” Sorvino said. “Obviously the concept of Time’s Up is a movement, so various individuals who are attracted to it -- and I don’t think there’s a vetting process -- my guess is as good as yours on how to deal with that. It’s not like a board of elected people who have been praised to be a moral standard, it’s a movement. Presumably, all can join.”
Condor premieres on Friday, June 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on AT&T Audience Network.
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