6 Actors Who Apologised For Working With Woody Allen And 21 Actors Who Haven't
15 January 2018, 17:09 | Updated: 16 January 2018, 08:42
In light of the current #TimesUp climate in Hollywood, actors are now expressing their regret for working with Woody Allen.
Thanks to the #MeToo movement and the Time's Up campaign that has swept through Hollywood in the past few weeks, more and more actors have been coming forward to publicly apologise for working with Woody Allen in light of the allegations against him.
In case you aren't aware of what those allegations are, here's a quick explainer: Allen was accused of sexual abuse by his daughter Dylan Farrow in an incredibly difficult to read open letter in 2014. (She first accused him of assault in 1992 when she was 7.)
It should be noted: Allen has denied Farrow's accusations and following two investigations, no charges have ever been made against him. They still remain allegations.
However, many have been wondering, including Farrow herself, why and how Allen has managed to escape the same level of accountability that people like Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and Kevin Spacey have recently received in regards to the allegations against them.
Since publishing the open letter in 2014, where Farrow detailed the assault she allegedly suffered at the hands of Allen, he has made five feature films starring tons of actors, all of whom jumped at the chance to work with him, has won Lifetime Achievement awards and has been nominated for many other accolades. All the while, Farrow's allegations seem to be ignored by Hollywood.
In light of the current #TimesUp movement in Hollywood, six actors have publicly apologised or expressed regret for starring in Allen's work. Here is what they have said:
In November 2017, Page wrote a lengthy Facebook status expressing her regret for acting in Allen's To Rome With Love in 2012.
"I did a Woody Allen movie and it is the biggest regret of my career. I am ashamed I did this. I had yet to find my voice and was not who I am now and felt pressured, because “of course you have to say yes to this Woody Allen film.” Ultimately, however, it is my choice what films I decide to do and I made the wrong choice. I made an awful mistake."
Last week (Jan 10), Sorvino apologised to Dylan Farrow in an open letter. She worked with Allen on 1995's Mighty Aphrodite.
"I confess that at the time I worked for Woody Allen I was a naive young actress. I swallowed the media’s portrayal of your abuse allegations against your father as an outgrowth of a twisted custody battle between Mia Farrow and him, and did not look further into the situation, for which I am terribly sorry. For this I also owe an apology to Mia."
In November 2017, Newman posted a Twitter thread expressing his regret for working with Allen on the upcoming A Rainy Day In New York. He donated his entire salary to RAINN. You can read the entire thread here.
I need to get this off my chest:— Griffin Newman (@GriffLightning) October 14, 2017
- I worked on Woody Allen’s next movie.
- I believe he is guilty.
- I donated my entire salary to RAINN.
Gerwig, who is currently on the awards circuit promoting her film Ladybird, has constantly been asked about her involvement in 2012's To Rome With Love over the past few weeks.
Responding to a wider question about how allegations against artists like Allen should affect their legacy and future, Gerwig said: “I would like to speak specifically to the Woody Allen question, which I have been asked about a couple of times recently... 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. 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.”
In January 2018, Krumholtz tweeted that he regretted working with Allen on 2017's Wonder Wheel.
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
Hall also worked with Allen on the upcoming A Rainy Day In New York and played Vicky in 2008's Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She has since expressed her regret for taking the role and will donate her entire salary to the Time's Up campaign.
"After reading and re-reading Dylan Farrow’s statements of a few days ago and going back and reading the older ones - I see, not only how complicated this matter is, but that my actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed. That is not something that sits easily with me in the current or indeed any moment, and I am profoundly sorry. I regret this decision and wouldn’t make the same one today. It’s a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation but I’ve donated my wage to @timesup."
There are over 20 high-profile actors who joined the casts of his films since the open letter in 2014 - some who also took part in the #TimesUp red carpet campaign and have supported the #MeToo movement - who have either never responded, or avoided talking about the allegations when asked. It's not compulsory for them to do so, but many of them are now being called out on social media. Here are some of them:
Emma Stone (Magic In Moonlight, Irrational Man)
Colin Firth (Magic In The Moonlight)
Miley Cyrus (Crisis in Six Scenes)
Kate Winslet (Wonder Wheel)
Justin Timberlake (Wonder Wheel)
Jude Law (A Rainy Day In New York)
Blake Lively (Cafe Society)
Joaquin Phoenix (Irrational Man)
Jesse Eisenberg (Cafe Society)
Kristen Stewart (Cafe Society)
Steve Carell (Cafe Society)
Parker Posey (Irrational Man, Cafe Society)
Anna Camp (Cafe Society)
Juno Temple (Wonder Wheel)
Elle Fanning (A Rainy Day In New York)
Liev Schreiber (A Rainy Day In New York)
Diego Luna (A Rainy Day In New York)
Suki Waterhouse (A Rainy Day In New York)
Timothée Chalamet (A Rainy Day In New York)
Selena Gomez (A Rainy Day In New York)
Both Chalamet and Gomez have recently come under fire for neglecting to comment on their decision to work with Allen despite actively supporting the #MeToo movements. (Chalamet wore black to the Golden Globes and Selena has been criticised for working with someone accused of sexual assault while also producing 13 Reasons Why, a show that has depicted serious sexual assault.)
To be fair, Chalamet, who says he is still contractually obligated to the film, is unable to comment on the issue but has pledged to donate his entire wage to three charities. Read his statement below:
While it's not a requirement of these actors to publicly speak out at all, the current movement in Hollywood will surely see a few more speak up over the next few months, particularly is the pressure form social media continues.