Greta Gerwig on Woody Allen backlash: 'I will not work for him again'

Greta Gerwig has expressed regret over collaborations with director Woody Allen.  Photo: Jordan Strauss
Greta Gerwig has expressed regret over collaborations with director Woody Allen. Photo: Jordan Strauss

Golden Globes winner Greta Gerwig has apologised for working with controversial director, Woody Allen.

In an interview with the New York Times, the Lady Bird writer and director expressed regret over starring in Allen's 2012 film To Rome With Love.

"If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film. I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again," she said.

She specifically addressed Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, 32, who has accused Allen of sexually abusing her as a child, apologising for her actions.

"Dylan Farrow's two differentpieces made me realise that I increased another woman's pain, and I was heartbroken by that realisation," Gerwig said.

"I grew up on [Allen's] movies, and they have informed me as an artist, and I cannot change that fact now, but I can make different decisions moving forward."

Farrow had called out Gerwig specifically in a recent op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, where she questioned Hollywood's hypocritical stance on Allen in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

"It breaks my heart when women and men I admire work with Allen, then refuse to answer questions about it," Farrow wrote.

In the piece, she added that it had "meant the world" to her when Gerwig's co-star in To Rome With Love, actress Ellen Page, had called the role the "biggest regret" of her career and was "ashamed" of her decision to work with Allen.

Following Gerwig's apology, Farrow responded on Twitter saying, "Greta, thank you for your voice. Thank you for your words. Please know they are deeply felt and appreciated."

She also reiterated that while Gerwig's statement took "courage and even sacrifice", such sacrifice was necessary if the #TimesUp movement - a major focus of Monday's Golden Globes - is to truly represent victims of harassment.

Gerwig's statement comes after an awkward post-Golden Globes backlash, where she was criticised for side-stepping a question on working with Allen in the ceremony's press room.

When a journalist asked if she regretted working with Allen due to the molestation accusations against the filmmaker, Gerwig fumbled, saying that while she'd thought about the issue deeply, she hadn't yet "come down on one side or the other".

Gerwig's apology adds further pressure on Allen's other recent collaborators - including Wonder Wheel stars Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake - who have so far ignored calls to publicly renounce their work with the filmmaker.

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