Sarah Jessica Parker recalls movie star’s 'inappropriate behaviour’ on set
Sarah Jessica Parker has weighed in on the Me Too movement and recalls how she was subjected to ‘inappropriate behaviour’ from a male co-star.
The Sex and the City actress did not specify which project she was working on when faced with the ‘uncomfortable’ situation, but admits she felt ‘powerless’ despite telling her agent at the time about the incidents.
Opening up on her experience with misconduct in movie sets, Sarah, 54, told NPR’s Fresh Air: ‘I think no matter how evolved or how modern I thought I was … 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.’
Sarah, who has been married to actor Matthew Broderick since 1997, admits that she was aware she had the right to state ‘this is inappropriate’ and decided to raise the situation with her agent.
The Divorce star continued: ‘I did go to my agent — because I felt I was no longer able to convey how uncomfortable this was making me, how inappropriate it was … within hours everything had changed.’
Referring to the unidentified actor, Sarah added: ‘He 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.”’
Earlier in the podcast interview, Sarah revealed that she only thought about her own experiences within the Me Too movement around six to eight months ago.
She explained: ‘[I] really just didn’t allow it to consume me. To be honest, I don’t know why I either wasn’t courageous or more destroyed by some of the things that I was privy to, that I was on the receiving end of.’
Sarah also said that she did not say the word ‘no’ to the male co-star and admits she was likely ‘nervous’ to do so.
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