Greta Gerwig Says She Regrets Working With Woody Allen

In a new interview with The New York Times, the 'Lady Bird' filmmaker says she "grew up on" Allen's films but "can make different decisions moving forward" on who to work with.

Filmmaker and actress Greta Gerwig addressed her relationship with director Woody Allen, who she worked with on 2012's To Rome With Love, amid the #MeToo and Time's Up campaigns that dominated this year's Golden Globes.

Speaking with The New York Times alongside writer and director Aaron Sorkin, Gerwig offered her thoughts on Allen, who himself is embroiled in sexual misconduct allegations. In response to a question about whether or not alleged sexual assaulters such as Kevin Spacey would ever work again and the future for filmmakers such as Allen or Roman Polanski, Gerwig said, "I would like to speak specifically to the Woody Allen question, which I have been asked about a couple of times recently. ... 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."

Gerwig's directorial debut, Lady Bird, earned a Golden Globe win for best picture, comedy or musical at Sunday night's ceremony.

Gerwig went on to explain that she has not worked with Allen since 2012 and vowed to not work with him again in the future. She then referenced Dylan Farrow, Allen's adoptive daughter, who has been outspoken against Allen in recent years and accused him of sexual assault.

"Dylan Farrow’s two different pieces made me realize that I increased another woman’s pain, and I was heartbroken by that realization," said Gerwig. "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."

In 2014, Farrow penned an open letter detailing Allen's alleged abuse in the Times and a similar op-ed for the Los Angeles Times linking the #MeToo movement to Allen last December. 

In response to Gerwig's statements, Sorkin said he doesn't "like seeing anyone get disappeared," but added that he doubted Spacey would "be able to find his way back, but I’m still rooting for a miraculous transformation."

 

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