Greta Gerwig has become one of the very few Woody Allen collaborators to publicly condemn the director.
Speaking to the New York Times, the Lady Bird director – who acted in Allen’s 2012 romantic comedy, To Rome With Love – said that “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.”
She added that Dylan Farrow‘s essays accusing her father of molesting her as a child “made me realise that I increased another woman’s pain, and I was heartbroken by that realisation. 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.”
Rumours and allegations about Allen have been swirling since the early 1990s, but picked up again in 2014. Farrow penned an essay putting the Hollywood industry on notice for its continuing support for her father, asking the NY Times’ readers, “What’s your favourite Woody Allen movie?” and following it with a detailed account of her sexual assault.
Yet despite the accusations, Allen has continued to make movies, work with A-list stars, and generally received the acclaim and support of the Hollywood industry at large.
The tide is turning, however. Justin Timberlake and Kate Winslet, who star in his next film, Wonder Wheel, are already losing the support of the public for their decision to work with the director, and actors David Krumholtz and Griffin Newman, who appear in Wonder Wheel and the upcoming The Tick respectively, have publicly condemned him.
I deeply regret working with Woody Allen on Wonder Wheel. It's one of my most heartbreaking mistakes. We can no longer let these men represent us in entertainment, politics, or any other realm. They are beneath real men.
— Krumholtz (@mrDaveKrumholtz) January 5, 2018
I need to get this off my chest:
– I worked on Woody Allen’s next movie.
– I believe he is guilty.
– I donated my entire salary to RAINN.
— Griffin Newman (@GriffLightning) October 14, 2017
Shortly after Gerwig’s interview was published, Farrow thanked her for speaking out.
Greta, thank you for your voice. Thank you for your words. Please know they are deeply felt and appreciated. https://t.co/q7dV2yAFwH
— Dylan Farrow (@realdylanfarrow) January 10, 2018
It’s an incredible step forward, for actors to publicly condemn one of the most powerful directors in Hollywood. It’s just a shame that it’s taken this long, and that there are – for now – so few of them speaking.Image: Getty Images / Emma McIntyre