Reese Witherspoon, a big supporter of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements, is now speaking out about the sexual harassment scandal in a new interview with Marie Claire.
The 41-year-old insists she didn’t find the allegations “shocking” as she opens up about the numerous women who have come forward with their stories since the Harvey Weinstein expose broke in October.
She tells the mag: “Women have been sharing stories in each other’s living rooms and workplaces for as long as I’ve been a working woman. It’s just incredible that the media and the world started believing us all and listening.”
“The majority of women — if they came forward — were stigmatized for reporting and in some cases lost their jobs. There was simply no reason to share your story if the results would be so punitive.
“That’s why I’ve been working very hard on an initiative called Time’s Up with more than 400 women in my industry to raise money for women to have better resources for on-the-job harassment lawsuits in their own industries. We are trying to level the playing field for all women and men who have suffered from discrimination, harassment, and abuse.”
Speaking of supporting women-led films, Witherspoon says, “It shouldn’t just be about financial success. We should have as many opportunities to fail as we do succeed. Because artistry is not about succeeding always. It’s about having the courage to try and put out into the world new ideas.”
The actress’ latest comments come after Oprah admitted Witherspoon had been showing signs of PTSD amid the sexual harassment furor.
“I was on set with Reese Witherspoon, who has since spoken out … and some other actresses, who haven’t spoken out, so I won’t say who they were, and this was like two days after the Harvey scandal had broken in The New York Times,” Winfrey said. “Everyone, including Reese — I’ve said this to her — was acting like, I was seeing some of the girls at my school behave, who were suffering from PTSD. Everybody was acting like they were afraid.”