Sarah Jessica Parker says one of her male co-stars acted ‘inappropriately’
Sarah Jessica Parker is opening up about a bad experience on set with a male co-star.
During a recent interview with NPR’s “Fresh Air,” the “Divorce” star, 54, recalled wanting to leave a job early because a colleague “was behaving, not only inappropriately, but perhaps even I would say, they weren’t living up to contractual obligations as well.”
But Parker — who didn’t name the project or the actor, only calling him a “very big movie star” — said she didn’t feel comfortable enough to speak up on set at the time.
“I think no matter how evolved or how modern I thought I was … I didn’t feel entirely in a position — no matter what my role was on set — I didn’t feel as powerful as the man who was behaving inappropriately, which … strikes me as just stunning to say out loud, because there were plenty of occasions where it was happening and I was in a different position and I was as powerful,” she explained.
“I mean, I had every right to say, ‘This is inappropriate.’ I could have felt safe in going to a superior.”
Ultimately, Parker decided to go to her agent and express her discomfort.
“… Within hours, everything had changed … [My agent] said to them, ‘If this continues, I have sent her a ticket, a one-way ticket out of this city’ — where I was shooting — ‘and she will not be returning,’” she recalled.
After seeking help, Parker said, the environment improved but it wasn’t “perfectly pleasant.”
“I didn’t have to listen to jokes about me or my figure or what people thought they could talk me into doing,” she said. “All these men. All these men. That stopped.”