Amid the burgeoning cases of sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood, actress Natalie Portman went from "thinking I don’t have a story to thinking, 'oh wait, I have 100 stories.'"
That's right. The Oscar-winning actress recently admitted to recalling “100 stories” of being sexually harassed and discriminated against over the course of her professional journey.
“When I heard everything coming out, I was like, 'wow, I’m so lucky that I haven’t had this.' And then, on reflection, I was like, 'okay, definitely never been assaulted, definitely not,' but I’ve had discrimination or harassment on almost everything I’ve ever worked on in some way,” she said while speaking at The Vulture Festival earlier this week.
She added: “I went from thinking I don’t have a story to thinking, ‘Oh wait, I have 100 stories.’ And I think a lot of people are having these reckonings with themselves, of things that we just took for granted as like, this is part of the process.”
The Black Swan actress opened up about her own experiences earlier this week, saying that sexual harassment has become so commonplace for women that it’s taken for granted as “part of the process.”
Sharing one such example, she recalled being invited to ride on a producer’s private plane to a location. She was told members of his company would already be on board, but when she arrived, it was just the two of them, along with a single bed.
“This doesn’t make me feel comfortable,” she recalled telling the producer. “And that was respected. But that was super-not okay, you know? That was really unacceptable and manipulative and could have been — I was scared, you know?”
The actress also pointed out a very interesting fact that borders on gender discrimination with regards to women's roles on movie sets. She noted that it’s common for movie sets to have very few women, “apart from hair, makeup, and wardrobe — the very stereotypical departments for women to be in.” Portman stressed that she’s not sure that men realize how physically vulnerable women can feel.
She also revealed how, in the past, there had been several instances involving male co-workers where her opinions were ignored or her input was deemed “exhausting.” Meanwhile, men with similar opinions or views were accepted.
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