Sunday 18 August 2019

'I was never left alone with anyone' - Saoirse Ronan on harassment in Hollywood

Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and InStyle celebration of the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards season at Catch LA in West Hollywood, on November 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHRIS DELMASCHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and InStyle celebration of the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards season at Catch LA in West Hollywood, on November 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHRIS DELMASCHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Saoirse Ronan has spoken out about harassment in Hollywood.

The 23-year-old star took part in the Hollywood Reporter's latest roundtable with fellow female stars Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Mary J Blige, Allison Janney, and Jessica Chastain.

In light of the accusations levelled against producer Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and more, the conversation began with a discussion on the current state of affairs.

Lawrence previously spoke out about being humiliated while auditioning for a female director and during the roundtable she said that it affects women in all areas of work, and not just the entertainment industry.

Allison Janney added, "I'm very fortunate that I have never experienced any kind of harassment, and the only reason I can think of is that I'm 5-foot-15 and my career didn't start till I was like 38."

Irish star Ronan said she had also been spared any harassment.

"I was very lucky that I was protected from a lot of that. I never was really exposed to what went on at parties, I was never left on my own with anyone; my mom and dad were always around," she said.

She blamed the media and others for not exposing the issues sooner.

"The really disappointing thing about all this is that [journalists and others in Hollywood] had all of this shit on all of these men and women for the last few years, but they hadn't done anything with it. It's just been swept under the carpet."

Mary J Blige revealed that she dealt with abuse as a child but never experienced it in the music business because shew as a "tomboy".

Asked by Chastain if she had made the decision to be a tomboy to shield herself from harassment she said she did.

"Because I've been through so much as a child and a teenager, I just wore baggier jeans and Timberlands and hats turned backward," she said.  "It took me a very long time to even wear makeup and tight clothes because I had been through so much. And those secrets I still have to deal with. So hopefully these women are free, because it hurts."

Saoirse Ronan is generating serious buzz for another Best Actress Oscar nomination  

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