Hollywood star Annette Bening waded in on the scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein on This Morning today calling his behaviour “grotesque” and applauding the women who have spoken out.
The American Beauty actress, married to Hollywood icon Warren Beatty, explained: “I think it’s a business world that most of us know. There have been other scandals in America - and I know you’ve had them here as well - where sexual harassment, and systematic sexual harassment, within a company has been pervasive and it’s been covered up and suddenly it comes out. We had a big network in America and it was revealed that many serious newscasters were being harassed by the man who ran the network.
“It happens in Hollywood a lot. Yeah, I think so. So, now these specifics have come to light, that are so shocking and horrendous.
“It’s a tipping point, maybe it’s a tipping point in the culture, where people can to get this out in the open. The fact that women are coming forward takes such guts. That’s tough. They are being supported and applauded and I think it’s for the good. Maybe now things will change. The conversation can change. We can be more open about it. It’s not just in showbizness, it’s everywhere.”
Speaking about whether she was ever on the receiving end of such behaviour, she replied: “I had moments. I didn’t have anything traumatic and I was never in a situation that I didn’t feel I could control. I didn't start doing movies until I was almost 30 and I think that helped. I was in the theatre that never happened to me then. There were moments that were awkward but not traumatic.”
Talking about concerns for her children going into acting, she told Holly and Phillip: “I do have those concerns. After this whole thing, it’s all happened since I’ve been on the road. It’s only been five days. I want to go back and sit down again and reminding my kids and my kids’ friends, if that situation comes up, you need to take charge of the situation, and leave the room, and tell the person ‘no’. You have the ability to do that.
“It’s a culture yes. I don’t think a lot of people understood the degree, I certainly… the degree. The level of his behavior was incredibly grotesque.”
She also spoke about her new movie Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, where she plays 1950s star Gloria Grahame.