Mira Sorvino, like many of Hollywood’s elite, is here for a reckoning for those that have committed sexual abuse and harassment, but she’s also dismayed at some of the problematic parts of the #TimesUp movement.
“I think it’s evolving for all of us. I’m very excited that this movement of #MeToo and #TimesUp is happening, not only for me, but for my daughters,” Sorvino told reporters while promoting her new series Condor at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “It’s a wonderful awakening time for all of us to say no one should ever have to be abused in their homes, their workplaces. Our lives have to become more equitable.”
Sorvino was pressed about her involvement with the movement and the tide of change going through Hollywood following the Harvey Weinstein allegations that broke in October. Sorvino was one of many actresses that came forward about the powerful producer predatory behavior and just this week penned an open letter to Dylan Farrow apologizing for working with Farrow’s accused abuser, Woody Allen.
As a victim of sexual abuse herself, Sorvino expressed her concern that #TimesUp was becoming an umbrella term for supporting all women’s issues instead of staying focused on the specific crimes and harassment that paved the way for the movement to begin.
“I think it’s wonderful to work for parity and equal pay, but we can’t leave behind the victims of harassment and abuse. We have to rise together.” she said. “Obviously sexual politics have no place in power dynamics. We have to stay very focused.”
However, the actress is as perplexed as everyone else on how to deal with folks who show their support for the movement but in their own ways seem complicit in the problematic behavior. James Franco, for example, wore a #TimesUp pin to Sunday night’s Golden Globes ceremony only to be accused of sexual harassment by five women days later.
“Obviously the concept of TimesUp is a movement, so various individuals will be attracted to it and I don’t think there’s a vetting process,” she explained. “My guess is as good as yours as to how to deal with that. It’s not like a board of elected people who’ve raised to be a moral standard. It’s a movement so presumably all can join.”
Condor premieres Wednesday, June 6 at 10/9c on AT&T Audience Network.