The number of actresses, actors and others coming forward is pretty huge. Most have a story about Harvey Weinstein, who is – to half-quote Emma Thompson – the current gross tip of this iceberg. Blake Lively has had a friendly relationship with Harvey Weinstein for a while (she wore a Marchesa dress when she got married to Ryan Reynolds in 2012). Blake has something to say about Harvey Weinstein and sexual harassment in Hollywood, but they’re two separate conversations.
Blake spoke to The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week to promote her latest film All I See is You, and they spoke about this situation with Harvey. Blake’s name has been thrown around a little this week after Gretchen Mol spoke up to officially kill that blind item. Blake didn’t have anything to say about that blind item. She just stuck to the sexual harassment allegations. Much like Jennifer Lawrence’s statement regarding Harvey, Blake says she never heard any rumors about him and that he never did anything to her.
“That was never my experience with Harvey in any way whatsoever, and I think that if people heard these stories…I do believe in humanity enough to think that this wouldn’t have just continued. I never heard any stories like this – I never heard anything specific – but it’s devastating to hear.
It’s important that women are furious right now. It’s important that there is an uprising. It’s important that we don’t stand for this and that we don’t focus on one or two or three or four stories, it’s important that we focus on humanity in general and say, ‘This is unacceptable.’
The number one thing that can happen is that people who share their stories, people have to listen to them and trust them, and people have to take it seriously.”
Now onto Blake’s experience with sexual harassment at work. The Los Angeles Times recently published a story about how people are coming out of the woodwork and telling their own stories of awfulness. Blake opened up about a makeup artist who she says creeped on her during filming.
“He was saying things inappropriately, insisting on putting my lipstick on with his finger. I was sleeping one night on location and I woke up and he was filming me. I was clothed, but it was a very voyeuristic, terrifying thing to do.”
Blake says she reported the makeup artist to the project’s producers. After three months, producers called her in for a meeting. Blake assumed it was about the alleged makeup creep. It was about dog shit.
“They called me into my trailer and said, ‘We need to talk to you.’…And they said, ‘Your dog left a poop behind the toilet in your dressing room and our janitor had to pick it up. And this is very serious and we can’t have this happen again.’”
Eventually Blake got a lawyer involved, and an investigation was conducted. The makeup artist was given the boot, but Blake says it was far from an unceremonious firing.
“Our unit production manager wrote him a letter of recommendation because nobody wanted there to be bad blood.”
Now that people are actually talking, something tells me that makeup artist won’t be likely to get such a glowing letter of recommendation the next time they’re canned from a job. “I highly recommend this creepy makeup artist if you want to find them hovering over you with a camera when you wake up from a nap.”