WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Michelle Pfeiffer reveals that the #MeToo movement made her address her own experience as a budding actress in Hollywood.
- In an interview with The Sunday Times, the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil star revealed that a “high-powered person” in Hollywood behaved inappropriately with her when she was 20.
- Though the actress didn’t name the “person” and share details about the alleged incident, Pfeiffer said that incident in her life made her see things differently now.
When the #MeToo movement gained national attention in 2017, Michelle Pfeiffer initially thought that she didn’t go through anything like it. Two years later, the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil star is addressing her own experience as a young actress in Hollywood.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, Pfeiffer revealed that she, too, was a victim of an “inappropriate” incident that happened when she was 20.
“First, I thought, ‘Well, I didn’t experience that,’ but then as time went on I started going, ‘Well, actually, there was that one time,'” the iconic actress told the British newspaper of reexamining her experience in light of the #MeToo movement.
“There’s that process you go through — denial, self-blame, ‘I shouldn’t have worn that dress,’ ‘I should’ve known.’ You look at it through a grown-up lens and think, ‘Wow, I was a kid,'” Pfeiffer continued. “There were a number of situations that were not good.”
Pfeiffer, who started acting in 1978, continued to share that a “high-powered person” in Hollywood behaved inappropriately with her.
“Like one incident — I am not going to share — but I look back and I cringe,” Pfeiffer told the Times. “I was really uncomfortable and it was inappropriate. I put it in a drawer. I was 20, and it was with a high-powered person in the industry.”
Though Pfeiffer didn’t name the person, interviewer Charlotte Edwardes writes that “if he’s still alive, [Pfeiffer] will write to him.”
After Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was slammed with dozens of sexual misconduct allegations that went public, many more others have shared their experiences with misconduct in Hollywood including Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker and Rose McGowan among others.
Pfeiffer admitted in the Times interview that speaking out was “challenging” for her and her colleagues.
“It was challenging for women of my generation to find their voices,” Pfeiffertold the Times. “And even though slowly, over time, we have been given more permission to speak up, if you grow up not really having your voice valued or heard or encouraged, the way you view yourself and your place, it’s pretty set.”