Greta Gerwig on Working with Woody Allen: "If I Had Known Then What I Know Now, I Would Not Have Acted in the Film"
Published Jan 10, 2018Greta Gerwig has received plenty of critical acclaim for her directorial debut Lady Bird (even though she wasn't nominated for a Best Director Golden Globe), but she's also received a fair bit of criticism for dodging questions about working with Woody Allen.
The actor/writer/director side-stepped the topic at a Golden Globes press conference earlier this week, but in a New York Times opinion piece published yesterday (January 9), Gerwig finally did come down on one side of the situation.
In an online conversation between herself, Aaron Sorkin and the Times' Frank Bruni, Gerwig admitted that she regretted acting in Allen's 2012 film To Rome with Love.
Bruni asked if artists should be punished for what they do beyond the parameters of their art, and Gerwig responded:
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. 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.
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.
Dylan Farrow's two different pieces made me realize that I increased another woman's pain, and I was heartbroken by that realization. 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.
Sorkin, meanwhile, said he doesn't like seeing disgraced artists "get disappeared," adding that he was "rooting for a miraculous transformation" from Kevin Spacey, however unlikely that may be.
Gerwig's co-star in the film, Ellen Page, previously denounced the project, calling it "the biggest regret of my career."
When Exclaim! spoke to Gerwig last year, she urged Hollywood to shift towards putting women in positions of power — outlining both the artistic and economic benefits of doing so.
"I don't think it's changed yet, but it's not because there aren't people who are willing to do the changing," she said. "Hire them. Make their movies. Put them in positions of power."