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This week however the actress made headlines for addressing the #MeToo movement, opening up about a moment on set with a ‘big movie star’, who according to SJP, ’was behaving, not only inappropriately, but perhaps even I would say, they weren’t living up to contractual obligations as well.’
Opening up about the incident in an interview with Terry Gros on NPR’s Fresh Air, the actress talked about her #MeToo experiences as a whole.
‘I started recognizing countless experiences of men behaving poorly, inappropriately, and all the ways that I had made it possible to keep coming to work or to remain on set, or to simply just push it down, push it away, find a little space for it and move on,’ she explained. ‘I didn’t feel entirely in a position — no matter what my role was on set — I didn’t feel as powerful as the man who was behaving inappropriately, which strikes me as just stunning to say out loud, because there were plenty of occasions where it was happening and I was in a different position and I was as powerful. I mean, I had every right to say, “This is inappropriate.” I could have felt safe in going to a superior.’
SJP went on to explain how there was only one time that she actually took action, reporting the situation with the ‘very big movie star’ to her agent.
‘I felt I was no longer able to convey how uncomfortable this was making me, how inappropriate it was,’ she explained, leading her agent to intervene and prompting everything to change.
‘[My agent] said to them, “If this continues, I have sent her a ticket, a one-way ticket out of this city” — where I was shooting — “and she will not be returning.”’
She continued: ‘The nature of the person who I felt was really the instigator, this was a grown man, a very big movie star and, you know, he was baked, meaning his personality, it was cooked. He was a formed person and that wasn’t going to change. But I felt certainly better and safer, like I could finish what I had agreed to do.’
‘It wasn’t perfectly pleasant,’ she explained of the situation after her agent had stepped in. ‘But I didn’t have to be coy any longer, and I didn’t have to dread a potential conversation. I didn’t have to listen to jokes about me, or my figure, or what people thought they could talk me into doing. All these men. All these men. That stopped.’