Rose Byrne worked with Louis C.K. on his little-seen film “I Love You Daddy”, which screened at film festivals (including TIFF) but was shelved in the wake of the comedian’s admission that the allegations of sexual misconduct from multiple women were true.
While promoting her latest film, “Instant Family”, the Australian actress discussed her experience working with C.K. on the film, and her thoughts on his comedy club comeback attempts.
“You go in with such great intentions, and Louis was very sweet with me, and I had a very respectful experience,” Byrne, 39, tells the New York Times of working with the disgraced comedian. “But it’s obviously very complicated, and I stand with the women who came forward. But yeah, it is conflicting when you commit to something, just from my experience of, ‘Wow, this is a really weird, dark story — I’m intrigued by it.’ And then it becomes a much bigger thing than what it is. I think it will be a while before that film can be seen, and I think that’s right.”
She also weighs in on the controversy over C.K.’s recent return to the standup stage, with his unscheduled appearances at NYC comedy clubs earning decidedly mixed reviews among patrons — some of whom left and demanded their money back.
Asked by the Times if it’s too soon for a comeback, Byrne responds, “It’s too soon for him to have a surprise one, that’s for sure. I think if he’s going to show up, just let everybody know so then they can make a decision, like, ‘I don’t want to see this guy — I’m out.’ It’s also the gatekeepers around these things who give people the chance to have a comeback. They’re actually really powerful. I would like to see them being held accountable a little bit more.”
She also shares her observations on #MeToo and Time’s Up. “I think like in any movement, people get overly sensitive and overly ‘Can I do this or that?’ And that will even out, but I feel like there’s a bit of a shift,” she explains. “It’s an ongoing conversation, and it still has so far to go. It’s such an entrenched and systemic thing. But it’s remarkable these women who come forward and risk so much by doing it. I still don’t think people really get it, how hard that would be.”