Writer and director Greta Gerwig reveals why she “will not work” for critically acclaimed director Woody Allen ever again.
Greta Gerwig has been questioned several times (and remained silent) about having previously worked with Hollywood director Woody Allen – until now.
The writer and director – who recently picked up a Golden Globe for her directorial debut Lady Bird – spoke out about working with Allen and the sexual abuse allegations surrounding him, vowing to never work with him again.
“I would like to speak specifically to the Woody Allen question which I have been asked about a couple of times recently, as I worked for him on a film that came out in 2012,” Gerwig said in an op-ed for the New York Times.
Gerwig played the character of Sally in Allen’s To Rome With Love back in 2012.
“It is something that I take very seriously and have been thinking deeply about, and it has taken me time to gather my thoughts and say what I mean to say,” Gerwig explained.
“I can only speak for myself and what I’ve come to is this: If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film. I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again.”
Allen has long stood accused of sexual assault by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow. Farrow’s accusations were investigated in 1993 and Allen wasn’t charged, due to the fragility of the child witness. The judge said he could not conclude what had happened, but did state “Mr. Allen’s behaviour toward Dylan was grossly inappropriate and […] measures must be taken to protect her.”
Gerwig, referring to the several articles Farrow has published about the alleged sexual abuse from Allen, said:
“Dylan Farrow’s two different pieces made me realise that I increased another woman’s pain, and I was heartbroken by that realisation.
“I grew up on his movies, and they have informed me as an artist, and I cannot change that fact now, but I can make different decisions moving forward.”
Dylan Farrow, Allen’s adopted daughter, took to Twitter to thank Gerwig for showing her support:
“Greta, thank you for your voice. Thank you for your words. Please know they are deeply felt and appreciated.”
Actress Ellen Page, who starred in To Rome With Love with Gerwig, has also previously spoken about her feelings of “regret” towards having worked with Allen.
“I did a Woody Allen movie and it is the biggest regret of my career,” Page wrote in a Facebook post in November 2017.
“I am ashamed I did this. I had yet to find my voice and was not who I am now and felt pressured, because ‘of course you have to say yes to this Woody Allen film.’ Ultimately, however, it is my choice what films I decide to do and I made the wrong choice. I made an awful mistake.”