I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; if you’ve worked with Woody Allen, have a damn answer at the ready when some journo sticks a mic in your face! Greta Gerwig was the latest celebrity to get caught on the back foot during a backstage press thingy at the Golden Globes when she was asked the inevitable question of how she feels about having worked with Woody.
Here’s Greta mumbling and stuttering through the question, almost as if she’s trying to do a Woody Allen impersonation. Which would actually be quite hilarious. Greta was in Woody’s movie To Rome With Love in 2012.
How Greta Gerwig feels about previously working with Woody Allen pic.twitter.com/4tmrNMdHiL
— Variety (@Variety) January 8, 2018
If you let the video play all the way through, the final freeze frame of her face really says it all (or see header pic). She didn’t need all those umms and errms at all! I also think Saoirse Ronan deserves an award for Death Stare of The Year for her fearless (and wordless!) performance in I Hope You Die Bitch, I Really Do.
Luckily for Greta she got a second chance to articulate her views on Woody when she sat down with Aaron Sorkin for a New York Times interview:
I would like to speak specifically to the Woody Allen question, which I have been asked about a couple of times recently, as I worked for him on a film that came out in 2012. 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. 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. 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.
If you’ll remember, Dylan Farrow specifically called out Greta (along with Kate Winslet and Blake Lively) for telling NPR that it (the Woody question) was “difficult to talk about” in the same breath with which she condemned Harvey Weinstein. What’s actually difficult to talk about is abuse you’ve suffered personally. What shouldn’t be so damn hard is to talk about how you feel about having worked with somebody accused of said abuse. That should be a cakewalk by comparison! Now Greta can blow off the Woody question next time it comes up as asked and answered. Kate, you’re up next!