I have never had a personal experience like this,” says the actress, who has starred in several Weinstein-produced movies.
Julianne Moore has joined the growing list of Hollywood actresses to condemn Harvey Weinstein, calling the continuous accusations against the movie mogul “egregious and shocking.” Echoing the words of many of her peers, Moore says she was “shocked” to hear the stories from the women who have come forward in both The New York Times and The New Yorker.
“I have never had a personal experience like this. I haven’t,” she said about her own history with Hollywood men during a Tuesday night appearance on MSNBC. Turning to Weinstein, she added, “I’m shocked. I think no one was aware that he had settled with eight different women and as we know, cases keep coming forward so this, to me, is completely egregious and shocking.”
The 65-year-old film mogul now stands accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault by multiple women, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Asia Argento, among others. On Wednesday, Cara Delevingne and Lea Seydoux added their names to that expanding list. But Oscar-winning Weinstein collaborators, such as Meryl Streep, Judi Dench and Matt Damon, have all come forward to say they weren’t aware of the stunning claims that are now making headlines.
Moore went on MSNBC’s Deadline: White House to discuss gun policy, and talk turned to Weinstein when host Nicole Wallace praised the actress for voicing her support for the accusers who came forward in Thursday’s Times exposé.
“Coming forward about sexual abuse and coercion is scary and women have nothing to be gained personally by doing so,” Moore had tweeted Monday as reactions from recognizable voices in Hollywood were only still trickling in. The floodgates of Hollywood stars reacting has since opened, though that comes after several calls to action from actresses like Rose McGowan (who was mentioned in the Times piece), Jessica Chastain and Lena Dunham for more stars, specifically the male ones, to speak up. “But through their bravery, we move forward as a culture and I thank them. Stand with Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan and others,” she had continued in her Twitter post.
“I think it’s important in any kind of situation to speak up, just the way we kind of speak up about gun violence and gun safety, too, because the more people talk, the more people come forward,” said the activist who is currently starring in Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Wonderstuck. “We are social animals, we all want to feel included and to be heard and to know that people have our backs, so, yes, absolutely, it’s really, really important because it is a scary thing and it’s important that we rectify the situation.”
Moore, an Oscar winner, has starred in several Miramax studio-produced films along with 2010’s A Single Man, a Weinstein Co. movie. Weinstein co-founded Miramax with brother Bob Weinstein before the pair created TWC, which terminated the mogul over the weekend. Moore is also set to star alongside Robert De Niro in an untitled drama from David O. Russell, which is currently under review by Amazon Studios in light of the Weinstein revelations.
When discussing the Weinstein stories, the mother of two took particular issue with the common thread of how young many of his accusers were at the time of their allegations.
“It’s very difficult to be 21, 22, 23 and feel like you have any personal power,” she said of actresses who are starting out in Hollywood. “It’s way different when you’re 40 or 45 and then kind of like ‘No, this is not for me.’ But these were really, really young women when that happened.”
She continued, “I think any job, where you’re just entering the workforce, you don’t know what the rules are. You don’t know what you’re supposed to do, you feel like you’re just supposed to do what you’re told. You’re trying to figure it out and it’s difficult when anybody’s in kind of a powerful position to feel that you have a voice that’s equal to theirs.”