Carey Mulligan says meeting one of the New York Times reporters whose article brought Harvey Weinstein down “was rock star love at first sight.”
The film She Said shows the effort that went into the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism of Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor in 2017, which revealed Harvey Weinsteinthen one of Hollywood’s most influential producers, as a sexual predator.
Their work has resulted in a global toll on sexual abuse of women with the #MeToo movement.
Mulligan – who plays Twohey in Zoe Kazan’s Kantor – told Sky News she was “extremely intimidated” to meet the screenwriters.
“It was a rock star thing…Zoe was in New York and met [them] in person originally, I was still in the UK and so my first meeting was on Zoom, but I was extremely intimidated.
“It’s not that they intimidate people,” Mulligan laughs, “they couldn’t be more adorable, but they’re so awesome, I think we both wanted them to be happy!”
Shot in the New York Times newsroom and set to the pace of a thriller, the film follows journalists’ efforts to persuade frightened sources to go on record.
Kantor says she and Twohey were “just flabbergasted” to see their investigation turned into a movie.
“We started by investigating a Hollywood producer, so we’re still a little confused as to how our likenesses ended up on the big screen, but listen, we’re really emotional about it.
“One of the messages of this story, especially as the time rolls on, is that the number of people who actually gave us publishable information about Harvey Weinstein was so small. At the end of the day, we talk like of a conference room full of people and but look at the impact they had around the world.”
Mulligan – who is widely tipped to be nominated for an Oscar for the role – says few “could have foreseen what the impact would be”, but, as far as the film industry is concerned, she says she has seen “a lot of concrete change” Consequently.
“Codes of conduct, workshops for all cast and crew that talk about what’s expected on set in terms of behavior – which didn’t exist before,” she explains.
Speaking about how intimacy coordinators are now seen as ‘crucial’, the actress says ‘we did it for a long time before it was a thing and it’s still kind of shocking to look back and to think that it’s never been in place before, it just seems like such an obvious need on a film set.”
Mulligan says the movement sparked by the article even influenced how scripts are written these days.
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“The way the female characters are portrayed in the scripts now, it’s not perfect but there’s definitely a big change from, you know, ‘A gorgeous girl in a bikini, beautiful but she doesn’t know it… ‘ you see significantly less of that, which I think is very welcome.”
She Said hits theaters on Friday.