Ever since the dawn of cinema, there have been many great actors and actresses that have worked together to bring us some of the most memorable pieces of visual media and will continue to do so till the end of times. Thus, stars like the Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson is so grateful for being part of the industry and being able to work with exceptional talent that shares her artistic views.
But along with the limelight, there are also the dark shadows of the film business that most people tend to forget. Here, Ferguson also shares one of these experiences that she had on the set of a film she was working on, where she was sexually harassed by the director of the film, and how it just got worse from there.
Rebecca Ferguson Shares Her Experience Of Being Harassed On Set!
Best known to play the role of Lisa Faust in the Mission: Impossible franchise, Rebecca Ferguson has made a name for herself as a talented new addition to the Hollywood industry. And so, along with her popularity, she has received a platform that she can use to express herself and the experiences she had in the business. One such experience that she is now able to share pertains to a long-standing problem that many actors and actresses have faced in the past, which is sexual harassment.
During an interview with the Independent, Ferguson was talking about the aforementioned issue while she shared her own nasty experience with this malpractice that still exists in the industry. She recalled the time when she was present on set when she suddenly felt the sensation of someone touching her from behind. She instantly recoiled and confronted the director, who was the culprit. She further explains that instead of feeling guilty or apologetic, he tried to convince others and even manipulate her to think she was seeing things and going crazy. She said:
“I have definitely, no shadow of a doubt, been treated unfairly. I’ve walked off a set with a male director once. I thought, ‘I’d rather fly home, and be sued for not continuing, than go through this s**t again.’ But confronting that was the most scary thing I’d ever done – walking off the set and saying, ‘I’m not shooting until you and I have had a conversation outside.’ I realised he was very manipulative,” she says. “I think it’s called gaslighting. He made me think that I was going crazy. And I thought, ‘How the f*** did this happen? God, you’re good. You’re either very brilliant, or very dangerous.’ And I had to retrack and think, ‘No, no, what am I actually saying? I need to say something. I’m making a point, and I need to get to the end of it.’ We walked onto set, a hand slipped onto my arse, I hit it off, and I said, ‘Don’t ever f***ing touch me again.’ And he never did. That was it.”
While she didn’t drop any names about the movie or the director, she didn’t keep quiet about the injustice and stood up for herself, which was the right thing to do.
What’s Next For Rebecca Ferguson?
After a successful couple of years in the industry, Rebecca Ferguson looks over the horizon to a promising future in her career. With the release of her first Web Series titled Silo, the star has received a lot of praise for this dystopian mystery/thriller. Along with this, she is also ready to return as Lisa Faust alongside Tom Cruise in the upcoming Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One and as Lady Jessica in Denis Villeneuve’s Sci-Fi masterpiece Dune 2.
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Silo, now streaming on Apple TV+.