Greta Gerwig Says She 'Will Not Work' for Woody Allen Again After Sexual Misconduct Allegations
"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 said
Greta Gerwig has vowed not to work with Woody Allen again – something many stars have avoided taking a definitive position on.
The Lady Bird writer and director, 34, spoke out about working with Allen, 82, and the controversy surrounding him over longstanding sexual abuse allegations in an online conversation with The New York Times on Tuesday.
When the Times asked Gerwig and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin if Kevin Spacey, Roman Polanski or Allen would ever work again, Gerwig responded about Allen, whom she worked with on 2012’s To Rome With Love.
“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,” Gerwig said. “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.”
She continued, “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.”
A representative for Allen did not immediately PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Gerwig said she didn’t come to the decision lightly, revealing she deeply analyzed the allegations surrounding the director, whose daughter Dylan Farrow has said Allen molested her when she was 7. Allen has long denied the allegations, which first surfaced during Allen’s explosive 1992 split with Mia Farrow. Allen was not charged, though a Connecticut prosecutor said there was enough evidence for a criminal case. In 2014, Dylan detailed her allegations in a New York Times op-ed.
“Dylan Farrow’s two different pieces made me realize that I increased another woman’s pain, and I was heartbroken by that realization,” she said. “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.”
Farrow responded to Gerwig’s statement on Twitter, writing, “Greta, thank you for your voice. Thank you for your words. Please know they are deeply felt and appreciated.”
Gerwig previously tried to side-step a question about working with Allen in the press room at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night.
When asked if she regretted working with Allen on the 2012 film To Rome with Love, Gerwig said, “It’s something that I’ve thought deeply about.”
“Well, you know, I’m so thrilled to be here tonight as a writer and director and creator, and to be making my own movies and putting that forth,” she said, visibly flustered. “You know, it’s something that I’ve thought deeply about and I care deeply about, and I haven’t had an opportunity to have an in-depth discussion where I come down on one side or the other.”
After Farrow – who is one of the star’s three children with ex Mia Farrow — spoke out publicly for the first time in 2014, Allen again adamantly denied the accusation. His son Ronan Farrow also penned an column for the Hollywood Reporter, which addressed the sexual abuse claims and condemned the media for not asking Allen about the allegations and stars for working with him. In response, Allen told The Guardian, “I have no interest in all of that. I find that all tabloid stupidity.”
“I did a Woody Allen movie and it is the biggest regret of my career,” Page, 30, wrote. “I am ashamed I did this. I had yet to find my voice and was not who I am now and felt pressured, because ‘of course you have to say yes to this Woody Allen film.’ Ultimately, however, it is my choice what films I decide to do and I made the wrong choice. I made an awful mistake.”