Days after Mira Sorvino published an open letter to Dylan Farrow, daughter of Woody Allen, in which she expressed regret for working with the director in his 1995 film, “Mighty Aphrodite”, the Oscar-winning actress sits down with ET Canada’s Matte Babel in Los Angeles, telling him the real fight for justice for victims of sexual misconduct and abuse has just begun.
“It’s a powerful moment,” she tells ET Canada in reference to the Time’s Up movement. “We’re on the crest of this wave that could really change things. And for me, the most crucial change has to be curbing the sexual violence and the sexual harassment because every woman I know… I don’t know a single woman that something hasn’t happened to her.”
Sorvino has been very vocal about her experiences with Harvey Weinstein, claiming she was blackballed in Hollywood for rebuffing and calling attention to his sexual misconduct while promoting Allen’s “Mighty Aphrodite” – a film that would earn her an Oscar.
“I think right now we’re really starting to believe victims,” she says. “It took so much to come forward. It was so hard and not something I wanted to do. It was miserable, I was crying, I was up all night worried about my children’s safety. This is not something people do lightly.”
For Sorvino, she’s a first-hand witness of the positive effect of the Time’s Up movement which is empowering victims to speak up.
“A young woman came up to me and said, ‘I just want you to know I really appreciate what you have been doing because I was attacked and assaulted last year and what you guys have been doing doesn’t make me feel alone.’ And she started to cry and I hugged her,” she says. “That is what all this is about.”