"If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film"
Greta Gerwig has indicated that she regrets having worked with Woody Allen in the past and wouldn’t do so again due to historic claims of child sex abuse.
In 1993, Allen was accused by his then seven-year-old adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, of sexual assault. Allen has always denied the claims and no charges were brought, with the investigation dropped at the time.
The accusations resurfaced when Farrow wrote an open letter in 2014 restating them, and again in 2016 when Allen’s son Ronan Farrow – now a journalist – wrote extensively about the situation.
Gerwig appeared in Allen’s 2012 romcom To Rome with Love and was recently criticised by Dylan Farrow for working with the director.
Asked at the Golden Globes about whether she had any regret over working with Allen, Lady Bird filmmaker Gerwig said that the topic was “something that I’ve thought deeply about and care deeply about” but hadn’t “had an opportunity to have an in-depth discussion where I come down on one side or the other”.
However, the star has since told the New York Times that while she “cannot change” having worked with Allen in the past, she “can make different decisions moving forward”. She added: “If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film”.
“It is something that I take very seriously and have been thinking deeply about, and it has taken me time to gather my thoughts and say what I mean to say,” Gerwig said.
“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. I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again.”
Gerwig added: “Dylan Farrow’s two different pieces made me realize that I increased another woman’s pain, and I was heartbroken by that realization. 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.”
Meanwhile, Kate Winslet was recently criticised after defending working with Woody Allen, while Selena Gomez has said that she is “not sure” how to respond to criticism over her decision to work with Allen.