Academy Award-nominated actress Naomi Harris said a #MeToo incident in one of her recent projects prompted the “immediate” removal of the perpetrator, recalling another occasion when a “huge star” sniffed her and faced no blame.
Harris, who played Moneypenny in the last three Bond films and won an Academy Award for her role in Moonlight in 2017, declined to name either of the two men allegedly responsible.
In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, she recalled an incident I discussed earlier where a “huge massive star” put his hand over her skirt during an audition.
“What was very shocking about that was the presence of the cast and director, and of course no one said anything because he was – he – such a huge star. This was the only #MeToo incident, so I felt very lucky given how prevalent this behavior is.
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’ comments came as Claire Foy, who has starred in the Netflix drama The Crown, discussed violence against women while promoting her latest project, a very British scandal. She plays the Duchess of Argyll, who was disgraced in the 1960s after she was secretly filmed performing oral sex on a man who was not her husband. A judge in her divorce case famously dismissed the Duchess as a “totally decadent woman”.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, Foy said, “Sex is the only thing you can make a woman wear. It’s a quick way to make a woman non-human, sinful, and weird. It happens in all walks of life.”
Foy spoke forcefully about how women are often given the responsibility for their own safety, such as the clothes to wear, or the signal of the hand to give if they are in danger, rather than the burden being made to make men less violent.
“Hundreds of women are attacked every day,” she said. “It makes me so angry. How can you consider making women safe and think about making more policemen – whom women don’t trust – to take care of them? We don’t need to care. We don’t. We want people to stop killing and raping us. That’s it.” It’s easy. And it’s awful to say, but these are guys. It’s time to say, ‘I analyzed it. What are you going to do?”
She added, “It’s like saying a lot of dogs kill cats, let’s lock up the cats and let the dogs go. It doesn’t make sense. Basically women are just being exposed to the emotional burden and the responsibility for everything.”