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HFPA In Conversation: Mira Sorvino Talks Sexual Harassment, US-Mexico Border Conditions and Mighty Aphrodite

In a new episode of In Conversation: Academy Award winning actress, Mira Sorvino talks about working with Woody Allen. Sorvino who won an Oscar for her role in Allen’s 1995 film, Mighty Aphrodite said she now regrets not looking further into the allegations against him by Dylan Farrow at the time. “I have since gotten to know Dylan and I believe her. She’s a wonderful person and I think she’s been maligned for a long time… we can’t just wish away with cognitive dissonance the fact that our heroes are capable of doing something heinous, and he was my hero.”

She also disscusses  her personal experiences with sexual harassment in the industry: “Directors pressuring you to have relationships with them, people casting you saying if you have a sexual relationship with them they’ll give you the part. That has happened to me several times… I’ve had friends who were told ‘you’re going to absolutely have to have sex with all kinds of people to advance your career.’”
She lost out on a role for refusing a major Hollywood director’s advances: Sorvino says she has been passed up for several big film roles. She recalls “one big director who has got Oscars and known for his social justice profile in some of these movies literally said to me at a very end stage audition meeting ‘you know, as I look at you my mind can’t help but traveling from the artistic possibilities to the sexual’. I think my mouth just opened and my silence was deafening.”

In the episode, Sorvino also shares her experience traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border: Sorvino recently visited the border with other activists and celebrities including Lena Dunham and Sia. She was horrified by the “shameful” conditions of the detention centers and the separation of families. “I know people don’t like it when you make equivalencies between things that happened in the Third Reich but there are certain parallels that can’t be denied … our constitutional democracy is eroding.”

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