Mira Sorvino is reflecting on her rocky road to success.
The “Indiscretion” actress shared shocking claims against an unnamed casting director when speaking with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s “In Conversation” podcast on Wednesday.
“In looking back over at my career, I realized that one of my very first auditions when I was 16, I was completely treated inappropriately by the casting director,” the Oscar-winning actress said.
“In order to scare me for this horror movie scene, he tied me to a chair, he bruised my arm, and I was 16-years-old, and then he gagged me,” she continued. “And I was all game because I’m trying to be scared for the scene.”
The story only got more uncomfortable from there: “At the end, he takes the gag out of my mouth and he said, ‘Sorry for the prophylactic,’ so he had gagged me with a condom.”
Sorvino, now 50, said she was too young — for better or worse — to understand what was happening. “I was too young to even know, Thank God, what a condom tasted like,” Sorvino shared. “It was so inappropriate, and what the heck was a casting director doing with a condom in his pocket in an audition?”
Unfortunately, “when you’re young, you don’t question,” she explained.
“When you’re young, you’re like, ‘Oh okay, I’ve got to be tough, I’ve got to be down to really perform, and if that means they need me to go this extra mile’ — and you see many times we have awards given to people for giving particularly raw performances in very brutal, sexual scenes or things like that,” said the star actress.
Sorvino also revealed she lost out on many acting opportunities throughout her career because she refused to compromise her morals.
“‘You’re absolutely going to have to have sex with all kinds of people to advance your career,'” people told her. And because she didn’t, some opportunities were unattainable.
She also mentioned one unsavoury encounter with a big Oscar-winning director known for his social justice. “[They] literally said to me at a very end stage audition meeting, ‘You know, as I look at you my mind can’t help but travelling from the artistic possibilities and the sexual,'” she alleged. “You know my silence was deafening, I’m sure,”
“In my mind, the thing going on in my head, was ‘Oh. I thought this was a legitimate meeting,'” she continued. “I thought this was an actual, you had me here because you thought I was talented or that I brought something that would be good for this role.”
“Not that you were here fishing to see if I was going to have an affair with you. I know for a fact that’s why I didn’t get that part,” concluded Sorvino.