It has been a crazy year since the #MeToo movement began, with one charge against Harvey Weinstein getting dropped and Bill Cosby ending up behind bars. What else has changed? Vulture reached out to prominent figures in the #MeToo movement in Hollywood to find out what, if anything, has shifted in Tineseltown.
The actress and Insatiable producer says: "We’re just now starting to feel the shift. It’s only been a year. We women were always pitted against each other, right? This is the first time that I’ve ever felt a true sisterhood within the industry. Like a real sisterhood. So we have a network of women in the industry through Time’s Up that are very, very vocal about being careful of certain situations."
The Top Model producer and star says: "On my own productions, we’ve always had certain talks. But now it’s like, ‘Everybody, sit down. Mandatory. I’m calling this room.’ There are sessions that are actually being led and step-by-step like, ‘This is no, this is this, you shouldn’t do this, don’t block a woman’s path in the hallway,’ all these things that people didn’t even know, they weren’t aware. I feel so empowered as an executive producer to be able to have that type of education on my productions."
The Boys Don’t Cry actress says: "I’ve seen things get better. I also see moments where there’s steps back, too. But I do see change, and I certainly experience it firsthand by different questions being asked, even on the red carpet. I’m looking forward to seeing how it continues to proceed and to know that we’re paving a way for young girls and young boys in the future, that this isn’t gonna have to be a conversation anymore."
The Sharp Objects actress says: "I absolutely think things are different. The timbre has changed, the tone. I would say the way certain male directors have spoken to me is different. They’re just quieter. I feel it, and I maybe I want to believe it, but I feel a difference. I feel a tectonic shift has taken place in Hollywood for the first time."
The Wildlife star says, "I think it feels different. There’s so far to go, but there are people making concrete steps within our industry, and probably more importantly, the world. People in London say that our attitudes are different. If I walk past a construction site now and someone commented, I’d go and tell them to f***k themselves, whereas before I probably would have just gone red and walked along. A year later I feel like I’d be like, "Get f***ed." So I think that’s changed. But then, I can say that from a position of privilege and being in a city like this. We’re a long way away from that being widespread change."