The past few months in the entertainment industry have seen a wave of actresses come forward with sexual harassment and assault allegations against Hollywood heavyweights, from Harvey Weinstein and Dustin Hoffman to Kevin Spacey and James Franco.
While painful, the revelations have seen men and women across the world unite in protest, using award season and their time, both on stage and walking the red carpet, to bring attention to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, calling for change.
Natalie Portman is one of the faces of the movement, first taking a stand on stage at the Golden Globes 2018, reminding everyone that female directors exist by announcing, ‘Here are the all-male nominees’.
Since then she has been at the forefront, whether it’s expressing her regret in condoning the offences by shamed director Roman Polanski or opening up about her own #MeToo experiences, something she did in a recent interview with Porter magazine.
‘I think a lot of people are having these reckonings with themselves, of things that we just took for granted as part of the process,’ the 36-year-old explained. ‘I went from thinking, “I don’t have a story” to “Oh, Wait, I have 100 stories”.’
Going on to reflect on one experience from her past, Natalie recalled travelling on a film producer’s private jet, only to find out that it was just the two of them and that there was only one bed.
‘It was just the two of us, and only one bed was made up,’ she explained. ‘Nothing happened, I was not assaulted. I did make a point of saying, “This does not make me feel comfortable”, and that was respected. But that was super not okay, you know?’
She continued: ‘It was really unacceptable and manipulative. I was scared.’
Time is officially up.
Via Marie Claire UK