These Are the Concrete Changes Carey Mulligan Reports Seeing in Hollywood Since ‘Me Too’

Mulligan’s new film, ‘She Said,’ depicts the true story that helped expose sexual abuse in Hollywood.
Carey Mulligan attends the 2022 WIF Honors.

Carey Mulligan attends the 2022 WIF Honors.

British actress Carey Mulligan is known for her roles in films like The Great Gatsby, Drive and Promising Young Woman. Her portrayal of Cassandra, a young woman seeking revenge on the men who have wronged her, in the latter film led to an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in 2021.

In Mulligan’s latest role, she stars in She Said, a film that depicts the real story of New York Times journalists Megan Twohey (Mulligan) and Jodi Kantor (Zoe Kazan) as they work to take down now-convicted Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein for workplace harassment and sexual assault. 

Mulligan attended the 7th Annual Marie Claire Power Trip in Los Angeles earlier this week. The two-day event, powered by Chase and United Airlines, brought influential women together for a summit that encouraged participants to “Power Your Purpose.” In addition to Mulligan, Marie Claire enlisted powerhouses like Jessica Alba, Jessica Chastain, Sydney Leroux, Saskia Webber and others to lead conversations around female-founded businesses, investing in women and more.

Mulligan talked about equity in the movie industry, the impact of her new film and the changes she’s observed in Hollywood since the start of the #MeToo Movement. Having been in the industry for the past 20 years, Mulligan says that she has often worked with female directors, which has perhaps given her a different experience than her peers. However, the changes she’s seen in recent years have been encouraging.

“The change [since #MeToo] has been big, not just in people talking more openly about pay disparity, but there are concrete things now. There are anti-harassment workshops, there’s intimacy coordinators [on set],” Mulligan said, adding that the recent addition of intimacy coordinators helps to create a safer environment for all involved. “We would never punch someone in a stunt without a stunt coordinator, you know?” she said.

While Hollywood is just one example of inequity and harassment in the workplace, Mulligan says that women, regardless of industry, should be able to consider the workplace a safe space.

“Ultimately, all of this comes down to [the fact] that women should be able to go to work and work and not have to deal with anything else.”

She Said, which also stars Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher and Jennifer Ehle, hits theaters on Friday, Nov. 18.

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