9 Actors Who Regret Working With Woody Allen

Woody Allen Regrets

Since the reckoning around sexual predation began felling big-time Hollywood types like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Brett Ratner last October, there have been a handful of artists so sought-after to work alongside that their sexual misconduct was largely ignored. Now, 26 years after Woody Allen and Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow first accused Allen of molesting her in an attic crawlspace and four years after she penned a New York Times article detailing the alleged abuse, celebrities have finally begun to distance themselves from and express regret for having worked with the prolific director of American classics like Annie Hall

More importantly, in the time of  #MeToo and "Time's Up" movements that seek to offer solidarity with survivors of harassment and abuse and to expose and prosecute predators when applicable, Dylan Farrow, who is now 32, finally has a voice, and she is being believed. 

This week, in her first television interview about the abuse, Dylan Farrow told CBS This Morning’s Gayle King, “I want to show my face and tell my story. I want to speak out, literally.” 

Following the Golden Globe Awards ceremony in early January when celebrities wore black and sported “Time’s Up” pins in solidarity with survivors of sexual abuse, Dylan Farrow called out stars like Justin Timberlake and Blake Lively for speaking out against harassment and abuse while failing to acknowledge their complicity in working with accused predator Allen.

But the tide has turned and a few celebrities have made it a point to validate Dylan Farrow’s experience,  like Natalie Portman, who pointedly said, “I believe you, Dylan,” and Reese Witherspoon, who concurred with Portman. 

Meanwhile, others who’ve worked with Allen since Dylan Farrow wrote her New York Times piece four years ago have expressed regret, with a few promising to donate their salaries from working with him to charity. Here’s a running list of celebrities who worked with Allen who have now publicly rebuked him.  

01 Ellen Page

Ellen Page 

Out actress Page costarred in Allen’s 2012 film To Rome With Love, an homage to Giovanni Boccaccio's sex farce The Decameron. In a moving Facebook post in which  she recalled the details of working with Ratner on X-Men: The Last Stand, during which he tried to humiliate and out her, she became one of the first actors to express regret for having worked with Allen. 

“I did a Woody Allen movie and it is the biggest regret of my career. I am ashamed I did this. I had yet to find my voice and was not who I am now and felt pressured, because ‘of course you have to say yes to this Woody Allen film.’” Page wrote. “Ultimately, however, it is my choice what films I decide to do and I made the wrong choice. I made an awful mistake.”

 

02 Timothee Chalomet

Timothée Chalamet

The 22-year-old Golden Globe-nominated Call Me by Your Name, star who worked on Allen’s upcoming film A Rainy Day in New York, announced in an Instagram post that he would donate his salary from the film to Time’s Up, the LGBT Community Center in New York, and the anti-sexual violence organization RAINN (the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network). 

“I am learning that a good role isn’t the only criteria for accepting a job — that has become much clearer to me in the past few months, having witnessed the birth of a powerful movement intent on ending injustice, inequality, and above all, silence,” Chalamet wrote. 

“I don’t want to profit from my work on the film,” Chalamet added. 

03 Rachel Brosnahan

Rachel Brosnahan

A Golden Globe winner for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Brosnahan, 27,  expressed regret for signing on to working with Allen on his 2016 Amazon mini-series A Crisis in Six Scenes

"Look, I had a great experience working on that project," Brosnahan said on a podcast with The Hollywood Reporter. "But I do have to take this opportunity to say that, for me, I have really struggled with the decision to do that project for a long time.” 

Brosnahan, who previously starred in House of Cards and Manhattan, added, "Honestly, it's the decision that I have made in my life that is the most inconsistent with everything I stand for and believe in, both publicly and privately. And while I can't take it back, it's important to me, moving forward, to make decisions that better reflect the things that I value and my worldview."

04 Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig 

Writer and director of the acclaimed film Lady Bird, Gerwig, also worked with Allen on To Rome With Love. Following her Golden Globes win earlier this month she stumbled during a backstage interview when asked about working with Allen but clarified her position the following day. 

“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,” she said. “I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again. 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.”

 

05 Recca Hall

Rebecca Hall 

A two-time alumna of Allen films, Hall caught one of her first big breaks in Allen’s 2008 continental romp Vicky Cristina Barcelona and recently starred in A Rainy Day in New York. The star of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women wrote in an Instagram post that she was on the set of the Allen film in October the day the story about Harvey Weinstein’s serial predation broke, which led her to consider her decision to work with Allen. 

“After reading and re-reading Dylan Farrow’s statements of a few days ago and going back and reading the older ones -- I see, not only how complicated this matter is, but that my actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed,” Hall wrote. That is not something that sits easily with me in the current or indeed any moment, and I am profoundly sorry. I regret this decision and wouldn’t make the same one today. It’s a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation but I’ve donated my wage to Time's Up." 

The actress also vowed to continue to donate to the organization. 

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