Minnie Driver has spoken out about her ‘complex’ feelings surrounding the #MeToo movement, admitting that while it was ‘satisfying’ to see many female colleagues receiving justice, she also struggled watching ‘disingenuous’ women discuss their experience.
The movement went viral in 2017 following numerous sexual-abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein, with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lawrence and Uma Thurman leading a number of high profile stars discussing their experiences.
Minnie, 52, waded into the debate on Friday as she spoke about the movement on How To Fail with Elizabeth Day.
‘They were complicit to get ahead’: Minnie Driver has called out ‘disingenuous’ stars who jumped on the #MeToo trend, sharing her ‘complex’ feelings on the movement
She recalled: ‘God, it was so satisfying. It was so amazing. It was just so amazing to finally feel all these women like a lot of whose stories I already knew, because you talk in the business, everybody knew everybody knew who not to be left alone in a room with.
‘Everybody knew to hear those publicly, to see them not being shouted down, to see these women going “Oh, my goodness, we can stand together. And if we stand together, then our voices are stronger.” It was so satisfying.
‘And then I’ve got to say the other part of that was the kind of astonishment that women that I knew were being super disingenuous about their involvement, women who had been completely complicit and wanted to get ahead by doing certain things, who were then suddenly standing up saying “yes, yes, it was awful. It was awful”.
‘I realised just, in a way that was another expression of the abuse of everybody, was that wanting to co-op the idea of being a victim later on having been completely fine with doing certain things is also being a victim of those things. So it was really complex.’
Minnie did not specify who she was referring to.
She recalled: ‘There was astonishment that women that I knew were being super disingenuous about their involvement, women who had been completely complicit’
She continued: ‘It was kind of amazing. I didn’t feel like it was a witch hunt. I thought it was hilarious the amount of men who like “you know, we’re being falsely accused”. And it’s like, yeah, tell that to all the other witches.’
Minnie also spoke about her own experience with Weinstein, recalling that he had tried to ban her from starring in his 1997 hit Good Will Hunting.
She explained: ‘He didn’t want me to be in the film. Again, he was very vocal about the fact that he didn’t think that I was in his words “f**kable”…
‘But I never liked him because he was a revolting marginaliser of women. He fit them into such a narrow bin. It was just revolting. That was revolting. I saw enough girls on his laps to be grateful that that wasn’t me.
‘But I definitely, not suffered, but had an experience that, you know, at his hands that made me feel like I felt a million times before, you know, that I was a piece of shit and not worth it and of course, I wasn’t going to get the part.
‘But then on the other side, I am going to get this no matter that this big fat producer doesn’t want me to do it. I’m going to do it anyway. And I did.’
Shocking: Minnie also spoke about her own experience with Harvey Weinstein, recalling that he had tried to ban her from starring in his 1997 hit Good Will Hunting
Minnie also spoke about her experiences with misogynistic casting directors, revealing that she was once ‘leered’ at while being told to fake an orgasm for an audition.
She explained: ‘I remember walking into the room and it was full of men… And the director said, “you know, you’ve seen the scene in When Harry Met Sally, what we want you to do is like take a bit of the chocolate and eat the chocolate and have an orgasm. Right off you go.” And all these revolting ad executives sort of lean slightly forward in their chairs.
‘And I knew it was wrong. I knew it was just wrong. But I really wanted the job. Also, I thought I was supposed to do this. This is what you had to do to get a job, which I mean it was.
‘So I went and I sat there and I ate the chocolate which was disgusting and I tried to have an orgasm. I tried to fake an orgasm. But I was sort of looking out into a sea of dead eyed dudes on their lunch break in Soho in July and it was all just so revolting.
‘I couldn’t even fake an orgasm for a job. And I basically got shouted out by the director for not being grateful and then just sort of leered and jeered at by this whole crowd. And it was the strangest feeling because I was devastated that I knew I wasn’t going to get this job.
‘Plus, I sort of gave the director a piece of my mind because I finally came to and was like “this is insane, that you’re all doing this. Also, this chocolate’s disgusting. And also, I don’t want this fucking job” even though I was broke. So it was quite a weird turn around.’
Outrageous: Minnie also spoke about her experiences with misogynistic casting directors, revealing that she was once ‘leered’ at while being told to fake an orgasm for an audition