'Hollywood's sexual misconduct cases don't surprise me'

Hollywoods sexual misconduct cases dont surprise me

New Delhi: Twilight star Elizabeth Reaser feels women continue to be "very vulnerable" in showbiz and the string of sexual misconduct cases coming out of Hollywood doesn't surprise her. The American actor says she is glad that people found the courage to speak up against the "heart-breaking and horrific truth of our world".

The actor, who has been part of projects like The Good Wife and Ouija: Origin of Evil feels the whole "dynamic is always tricky when a majority of people in power are men".
"Nothing about it surprises me. What surprises me is that people care to be honest; maybe that is a dark view, but I think it is an old story for women," said Reaser, 42.
"Women have been dealing with this in every industry since the beginning of time. It is a really challenging and scary thing to speak up. It is such an act of courage."
"Usually people don't believe you, or you become a victim again by sharing the story. There is backlash. There are things that you can't anticipate... that can go wrong by sharing the story. I really feel grateful to the people who have come forward because it is a heart-breaking and horrific truth of our world and the whole world in general.
"Women are still very vulnerable in show business because being a young or not-so-young woman, who wants to get a job, puts you in a vulnerable position. I think that dynamic is always tricky when a majority of people in power are men," the actor added.
From Harvey Weinstein, Ben Affleck, Brett Ratner, Charlie Sheen, Dustin Hoffman, James Toback to Kevin Spacey, several men from Hollywood have been accused of sexual assault and harassment. It all started with numerous women coming forward to allege that Hollywood mogul Weinstein used his position to harass them.
Reaser feels the outcry over the sexual harassment scandals will "make predators rethink some of their behaviour" and be "less inclined to these acts".
"It is really up to us going forward on how one makes these decisions. Who do we want to put in power and in the power to tell stories or use the power to tell the stories... Hopefully, we will make everyone more accountable in every department because it is not just actores (who are getting exploited).
"It is not just film industry. It is every industry around the world. The more we talk about it the more powerful it makes us all."
Reaser, who has also featured in "Mind the Gap", "Law & Order: Criminal Intent", "Grey's Anatomy" and "Mad Men", asserts that "we have been in this culture where we have allowed this kind of behaviour and these kinds of crimes, and just looked the other way".
"I hope things really change now," she said.



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