Actress Alicia Vikander reveals how Julianne Moore once defended her on set after a man made a cruel joke at her expense.
Women sharing stories of solidarity continues to be the empowering theme of 2018, thanks to the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up initiative. Most recently, we’ve seen Oprah Winfrey reveal her concern for Reese Witherspoon after the actress starting showing signs of PTSD on the set of A Wrinkle In Time. Then there was the time Sophie Turner defended Emma Watson on Twitter from a vile misogynist. And, of course, there were the journalists who rallied round Carrie Gracie, the BBC’s former China Editor due to a gender pay gap.
Now, Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander has revealed how actress Julianne Moore defended her on set of 2014’s Seventh Son. While the pair were filming the science fiction film, a man (Vikander didn’t name the individual) made a cruel joke at her expense… and Moore was having none of it.
“I was really embarrassed, and I would have just laughed it off,” the actress told Vogue.
“But Julianne turned to him and said, ‘If you ever do that again, I’m walking out of here and I’m not coming back.’ She was just, like, ‘Don’t you f**king say that again.’ It showed me that she had the power. And that meant so much to me.”
Vikander admitted that before the Time’s Up initiative – a fund created to help women from lesser financial backgrounds to fight sexual harassment cases - was created women within the industry really felt the competition between each other to “fight for jobs” and therefore never truly forged friendships. But, something has now changed as women keep coming together to fight for change.
“It was such a community that came together,” Vikander said, referring to the day after the Golden Globes which saw women wear black on the red carpet in solidarity.
“I got on the phone with Natalie [Portman], whom I’d never met, and Reese [Witherspoon]. Suddenly I felt like I made a lot of new friends.”
Seeing women defend and look out for each other against misconduct of any kind in the workplace is definitely something we’d like to hear more of in 2018.
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