The actresses were apparently blacklisted by Weinstein and their careers suffered
It’s only been two months since all the sexual misconduct allegations against notorious Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein came to light, but it seems like every day we’re learning how his treachery plagued actresses for decades. After learning Weinstein had her intentionally blacklisted from being cast in movies, Mira Sorvino is speaking out.
Sorvino, along with actress and activist Ashley Judd, were featured in an interview given by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, where he confirmed both actresses were blacklisted by Weinstein and his company. Meaning Weinstein used his power and financial influence to dissuade any directors from casting either actress in films his company, Miramax, was producing.
Both actresses have come forward as victims of Weinstein’s abhorrent sexual misconduct in the past. Coincidence? Sure, Jan.
In the interview, Jackson says he expressed interest in casting both Sorvino and Judd. “I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998,” Jackson said. “At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us – but in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing.”
After hearing Jackson’s confirmation that yes, both actresses took to Twitter to verify they were indeed not only victims of Weinstein’s unwanted sexual advances, they were also victims of his shit-talking smear campaign.
I remember this well. https://t.co/wctEhESAS9
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) December 15, 2017
Peter & Fran had me in – showed me all the creative, the boards, costumes, everything. They asked which if the two roles I preferred, and then I abruptly never heard from hem again. I appreciate the truth coming out. Thank you, Peter. https://t.co/iXKuK6Xqtx
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) December 15, 2017
Sorvino had an emotional reaction upon learning the information from Jackson’s interview.
Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick https://t.co/ljK9NqICbm
— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) December 15, 2017
It’s heart-wrenching. Anytime we question why we never see some of our favorite actresses in films anymore, as I know I have with Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino more than once, now we have to wonder if the reason is truly as sinister as this. It’s despicable.
Plenty of people have reacted strongly to Sorvino’s tweet in particular.
I’m heartbroken and furious dear Mira. You are SO good!!!— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) December 15, 2017
Mira, I am truly heartbroken over this for you. I am so sorry. I know it may not be much, but I have always admired your work and been inspired by your courage. Your depth of talent knows no bounds. I applaud your courage and hope you know how many people stand in support of you.— Lisa Steinberg (@GoodHumorGrl) December 15, 2017
If you’re not casting Mira Sorvino in something in 2018 what are you even doing? https://t.co/jxwE0G326S
— Ira Madison III (@ira) December 15, 2017
Dearest Mira—I’m so very sorry this happened to you. Much love. xoxo #metoo— Betty Buckley (@BettyBuckley) December 15, 2017
I've missed @MiraSorvino for 2 damn decades. She's an Oscar-winning actress FFS and this was done to her for saying no!? That's power. How horrible to have to wake up to the news today that #PeterJackson knew you were blacklisted. At least she knows her suspicions are true. 💔 https://t.co/aVnN0LiGU7
— Bandit Aléatoire (@BanditRandom) December 16, 2017
Can I also just say how fucking furious I am that so many brilliant actresses of my generation were pushed to the sidelines because some insecure predator decided to punish them? I mean, shit. Just… SHIT. https://t.co/CDkew0WjcR
— Mary Beth Williams (@embeedub) December 15, 2017
I hope Mirmax eventually becomes the Sorvino-Judd company. https://t.co/L1Bru2yTTu
— Bill Hyers (@HyersBill) December 15, 2017
Can we please just acknowledge the fact that these two women have shown nothing but strength and grace? Even to Peter Jackson — who, I’m sorry, is still complicit in the damage their careers have weathered. Ever seen Double Jeopardy? Judd is amazing. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood as a whole is a mess, but Judd’s performance is nothing short of stellar. She’s a fantastic dramatic actress. And Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion? Don’t even get me started because I’ll sit here and quote it all night. In Mira Sorvino’s perfect Valley Girl accent. I can confidently say I speak for many fans when I say we all would have loved to see more from these talented women.
Here’s hoping in 2018, we do.