Jessica Chastain was shocked by her nomination for a best actress Golden Globe this week–the reason, Harvey Weinstein. She feared her outspokenness about the mogul would damage her career.
At one time that may have been true. Weinstein wielded incredible influence in Hollywood during his heyday.
But his career collapsed spectacularly in October after The New York Times revealed a long string of alleged sexual assaults and sexual harassment during his career.
More than 80 women, including well-known actresses like Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie have all had experiences with him over a 30-year period.
Chastain was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role in “Molly’s Game.”
“To be honest, I’m mainly surprised about my nomination. As an actor, I have a lot of fear, thinking that if I speak my mind, or something that feels like it deviates from the norm as a woman, am I going to be made to disappear in my industry?”
In October, she said she had previously been “warned” about the mogul’s alleged behavior.
“I was warned from the beginning. The stories were everywhere. To deny that is to create an environment for it to happen again,” she said.
She says her friends helped her to “eliminate fear” that she might be wrecking her career by airing her views about the producer.
“When the article came out about Weinstein, I immediately started tweeting. I’ve got a good group of girlfriends on WhatsApp, and I said, ‘I’m really terrified I’m destroying my career right now,” she told The Times.
“I wonder if people will still see me as an actress, and want to work with knowing I have these opinions,” she added.
“In the way that only good girlfriends can do, they helped me eliminate fear and understand that the only way to change something that’s wrong is to change it, not ignore it.
“And rather than saying it’s an industry-wide issue, it’s more than that. It’s a society-wide issue. We can’t ignore farmworkers or women who have been invisible.”