Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell expresses solidarity with Dylan Farrow, says she regrets working with Woody Allen

Atwell said the #MeToo and Time's Up movements have 'blasted open' the conversations around the issue of sexual harassment in the film industry

PTI January 29, 2018 18:10:23 IST
Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell expresses solidarity with Dylan Farrow, says she regrets working with Woody Allen

London: Actor Hayley Atwell has expressed solidarity with Dylan Farrow, saying she regrets working in Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream.

Allen has been accused of sexual abuse by Dylan Farrow, his adopted daughter with former partner Mia Farrow.

Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell expresses solidarity with Dylan Farrow says she regrets working with Woody Allen

File image of actress Hayley Atwell. Reuters

Atwell, who is best known for her role of Agent Peggy Carter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was asked about her experience of working for the director during an interview with The Guardian.

"I haven't spoken about this before. It was my first film and I didn't feel directed by him at all. I didn't have any kind of relationship with him. And that was fine but bizarre. It was a great opportunity, so I did the best I could and left. I didn't know back then what I know now.

Would I work with him now? No," Atwell said.

"And I stand in solidarity with his daughter and offer an apology to her if my contribution to his work has caused her suffering or made her feel dismissed in any way. It's exciting that I can say this now and I'm not going to be blacklisted," she added.

On the birth of #MeToo and Time's Up movements, Atwell said they have "blasted open" the conversations around the issue of sexual harassment in the film industry and has encouraged women to come forward with their stories.

"For me, it's about better representation and treatment across all industries. This past year, the conversation has been blasted open in quite an exciting way. It carries a lot of grief, rage, frustration and fear but could lead to deep cultural change," Atwell said.

"What's brilliant is the solidarity of the women speaking out. It's created a new vocabulary. I feel galvanised by it. I've always been outspoken but this movement has created a quiet confidence that we can call things out when they're not OK not just sexual harassment but any abuse of power," she added.

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