Mira Sorvino: 'Stay focused' in fighting abuse
Mira Sorvino has been selectively cautious about the ways she's spoken up about Hollywood's sexual harassment issue, and while speaking with press in promotion of her upcoming Audience series Condor, Sorvino was asked about how she feels the dialogue has shifted in the three months since the first Harvey Weinstein stories broke. USA TODAY
PASADENA, Calif. — Mira Sorvino was among the first accusers of Harvey Weinstein, the movie mogul who blacklisted her from future roles for resisting his advances. Her father, actor Paul Sorvino, last week said he'd have killed Weinstein if he'd known of the advances before The New Yorker reported them.
And Wednesday, in an open letter at The Huffington Post to Woody Allen's daughter, Dylan Farrow, Sorvino apologized for minimizing Dylan's abuse allegations against the director as "an outgrowth of a twisted custody battle." She said she was a "naïve young actress" when she appeared in Allen's Mighty Aphrodite, for which she won an Oscar in 1996.
So the outspoken actress, a star of Condor, an upcoming series on AT&T's Audience Network, told the Television Critics Association Thursday she's "very excited that this movement of #MeToo and Time's Up is taking place, not only for myself but for my daughters, so they don't have to suffer from what I (suffered). But I think it all requires grave consideration and thought, it's not a snap to judgment thing.
"I think it’s a really wonderful, awakening time for all of us as moral human beings to say no one should ever be abused in their workplace, in their home, harassed. Obviously, sexual politics have no place in power dynamics. Our lives have to become more equitable."
But she cautioned against making too sharp a pivot to pay disparities and wider gender issues.
"We have to stay focused on harassment and abuse issues rather than sort of (shift) in favor of a very general women’s movement. It’s important to work for parity and equal pay, but we cannot leave voices of victims behind."
As for her own future, Sorvino said after the panel that she's begun seeing more opportunities come her way.
"Since those revelations came out, there seems to be a lot of goodwill toward me in the entertainment business, and I'm getting offers and already have done this really great recurring role on Modern Family, which is just a delight, and am going into some projects that will be announced in a few days."