Bond star Naomie Harris reveals huge A-list star put his hand up her skirt during an audition – and everyone turned a blind eye
She has transformed Miss Moneypenny from a timid secretary blindly besotted with 占士邦 into an action woman adept at swatting away 007’s sexist comments and MI6 misogyny.
Now Naomie Harris has bravely spoken out about sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, revealing how she was once groped by a ‘huge star’ during an audition.
And she says the most disturbing part was that the film’s executives did nothing to intervene, and silently watched it happen.
Naomie Harris has bravely spoken out about sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, revealing how she was once groped by a ‘huge star’ during an audition
In an interview with The Mail on Sunday’s You magazine today, the 45-year-old actress sadly reflects that she feels ‘very lucky’ only to have faced one such incident, given the scale of sexual abuse in the business.
Recalling how the unnamed actor slid his hand up her skirt while she was reading for a part, the actress says: ‘What was so shocking about it was the casting director was there and the director, and of course no one said anything because he was – he is – such a huge star.
‘That was my only #MeToo incident, so I felt very lucky, given how rife that behaviour was.’
But Ms Harris, who has played Eve Moneypenny in three Bond films, suggests that times and attitudes are finally changing.
‘I was on a project where there was a #MeToo incident and there was no hesitation… [the perpetrator] was immediately removed,’ 她说.
Ms Harris is currently on screen in No Time To Die and Venom: Let There Be Carnage, disproving warnings her career would dwindle after the age of 40. But two decades ago her circumstances were very different.
Ms Harris, who has played Eve Moneypenny in three Bond films, suggests that times and attitudes are finally changing. She is pictured above in No Time to Die
Describing how she couldn’t even get shop work, 她说: ‘Even Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer turned me down. I tried waitressing – and no one would have me.
‘I didn’t know what to call myself. I didn’t think I could say ‘actress’ when no one would employ me.’
Achieving professional success is not the first time she has conquered adversity – having battled to recover from surgery to correct scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, 老化的 15.
她回忆: ‘I had a rib removed, my lung deflated, then all the muscles near my spine cut through so they could insert a metal rod all the way up my back. I had to learn how to walk again. It was a horrific experience.
‘Going through something so traumatic, I learned that my health is a very fragile gift.
‘So at that young age, I made the decision to do everything that I possibly could to maintain it.’