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The day after Dylan Farrow’s first television interview aired recounting her alleged abuse at the hands of her father Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris star Marion Cotillard has said that her experience working with Allen was “odd” and she would question working with him again.
“I didn’t know much about his personal life, actually,” the Oscar winner told THR at the UniFrance Rendez-vous with French Film event to promote the country’s cinema. “I knew that he had married one of his daughters which I thought, honestly, was weird, but I cannot judge something I don’t know.”
“I’m very ignorant of what he did or he didn’t do, I just see people suffering and it’s terrible,” she said. “I have to say today, yeah, if he were to ask me again – I don’t think it would ever happen because the experience we had together was very odd. I admire some of his work but we had no connection on set.”
“But I have to say if he asked me to today I would question more, I would dig more,” she added. “I don’t know, I’m very ignorant about this story and I just see that it hurts to see people suffering.”
Several other actors who have worked with the famed director have expressed regrets or vowed never to work with him again in recent days, including Colin Firth, Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Hall, Griffin Newman and Greta Gerwig. Mighty Aphrodite star Mira Sorvino, who won an Oscar for her performance, was among the first, apologizing to Farrow in an open letter.
Hall and Chalamet have both said they will donate their salaries from the upcoming A Rainy Day in New York to charity.
Cotillard also spoke with journalists about the recent letter written by Catherine Deneuve criticizing the #MeToo movement. “I don’t recognize myself in that at all,” she said. Deneuve later backtracked and apologized to victims of assault and harassment. Cotillard said she has been a victim of sexual harassment and aggression many times throughout her life.
“I think this revolution that is happening is necessary, and this is a great revolution,” she said, noting that asking women about harassment “most of the time 100 percent of women have been in this situation.”
She said while there may be some false accusations as a result of our “excessive society,” one of the issues Deneuve’s original letter was concerned about, most women’s stories are true. “It’s just very important to talk about it,” she said.
The Rock’n Roll star also paid respect to working moms. “I can afford a nanny, and when I think of women who work and they have two or three kids and no help, well, I just think parents are heroes,” she said, noting that she does share duties fairly equally with husband and co-star Guillaume Canet. “But it’s different for a father.”
She said with her 6-year-old son entering school and a newborn daughter she will be slowing down her filming schedule for the time being.
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