Recently, Kristen Stewart recalled in an interview that if she’d remained closeted, she could have possibly been offered a Marvel movie. Now, in an interview with Net-A-Porter, Carnival Row star Cara Delevingne, who spoke out about Harvey Weinstein’s predations at the height of the #MeToo movement in 2017, says that he told her to remain closeted and to get a “beard” if she wanted to make it in Hollywood.
“One of the first things Harvey Weinstein ever said to me was, ‘You will never make it in this industry as a gay woman — get a beard,” Delevingne, 27, says in the new interview.
“When I’d just started to audition for films, he was naming people [women] I’m friends with — famous people — and asking, ‘Have you slept with this person?’ I just thought: this is insane,” Delevingne says.
While the actress and model prefers to defy labels, she has been an advocate for queer youth and has recently begun to speak openly about her relationship with actress Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars, Spring Breakers).
“The labels for everything bum me out. I hate to label myself,” Delevingne tells Net-A-Porter. “I’ve been to so many dinners where people are like, ‘So, what are you? L, G, B, T, Q?’ I’m like, ‘Guys, really? This is what we’re talking about?’ I change every day.”
She goes on to say that she loved men when she was younger but that she’d been continuously hurt by them.
“Not that that’s why I became gay,” she’s sure to add.
But she does credit Benson, who she met working on the feature film Her Smell, with offering her a love she never realized was possible.
“I’d never truly let anyone in before, for fear of them leaving,” Delevingne says. “I never really trusted people, or felt worthy of it, and I always pushed them away. She’s the first person that has said: ‘You can’t push me away. I’m going to be nice to you, I love you.’”
“I’m just like, wait, so all I have to do is just let you be nice to me? Why have I never done that before? OK,” she adds.
Meanwhile, disgraced mogul Weinstein — accused of sexual harassment and rape by dozens of women — was dead wrong about Delevingne and her sexual identity. Carnival Row has already been picked up for a second season and has landed roles in big projects like Suicide Squad.
In an Instagram post in October of 2017, Delevingne wrote about how Weinstein had victimized her:
"A year or two later, I went to a meeting with him in the lobby of a hotel with a director about an upcoming film. The director left the meeting and Harvey asked me to stay and chat with him. As soon as we were alone he began to brag about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had made their careers and spoke about other inappropriate things of a sexual nature. He then invited me to his room. I quickly declined and asked his assistant if my car was outside. She said it wasn't and wouldn't be for a bit and I should go to his room. At that moment I felt very powerless and scared but didn't want to act that way hoping that I was wrong about the situation," she said.
"When I arrived I was relieved to find another woman in his room and thought immediately I was safe. He asked us to kiss and she began some sort of advances upon his direction. I swiftly got up and asked him if he knew that I could sing. And I began to sing....i thought it would make the situation better....more professional....like an audition....i was so nervous. After singing I said again that I had to leave. He walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips. I stopped him and managed to get out of the room," she continued.
"I still got the part for the film and always thought that he gave it to me because of what happened. Since then I felt awful that I did the movie. I felt like I didn't deserve the part. I was so hesitant about speaking out....I didn't want to hurt his family. I felt guilty as if I did something wrong. I was also terrified that this sort of thing had happened to so many women I know but no one had said anything because of fear," she concluded.
Last week, Stewart, who is also queer, revealed in an interview that she was promised bigger roles if she would hide her sexual identity.
"I have fully been told, 'If you just, like, do yourself a favor, and don’t go out holding your girlfriend’s hand in public, you might get a Marvel movie,'" Stewart said she was told.
In 2017, Ellen Page, who came out as gay three years before, recounted the sexual harassment she endured at the hands of X-Men: The Last Stand director Brett Ratner who told an older woman on the set of a then-closeted Page, ‘You should fuck her to make her realize she’s gay.’”