Naomi Harris has her own #MeToo story and she’s not afraid to share it.
The “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” star, 45, has opened up about her experience with Mail on Sunday’s “You magazine revealed that a Lister touched her during one of her experiments.
She said the unnamed star raised his hand to her skirt while she was reading for a part.
“What was so shocking about that was having the cast and director, and of course no one said anything because he was – he – such a huge star,” Harris explained.
The Moonlight actress continued, “This was the only #MeToo incident, so I felt very lucky, given how prevalent this behavior is.”
She also said there was another, more recent event where an actor touched her. Now things have definitely changed: I was on a project where the #MeToo incident happened and there was no hesitation, [the perpetrator] It was removed immediately.” Harris didn’t mention the star here either.
The British-born actress also discussed her health issues with scoliosis, which she was diagnosed with at the age of 11. And when she was 15, she underwent surgery to correct the problem.
Harris spoke about the procedure, saying, “During [operation] I had a rib removed, my lungs had shrunk, and then all the muscles near my spine were severed so they could insert a metal rod along my back.”
“I had to learn to walk again,” she added. “It was a horrible experience. But in the ward, there were children who were in a much worse situation – some of whom would never walk again. There were tears and screaming, young children in pain.”
Despite her ordeal, the “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” star said she learned valuable life lessons. “After going through something very painful, I learned that my health is a very fragile gift that I must constantly take care of,” she concluded. “So at that young age, I made a decision that I would do everything I could to keep it up. Hence I didn’t drink or smoke or do drugs because I wouldn’t put anything toxic in my body.”
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