When Harvey Weinstein was exposed in October 2017, few people could have foreseen the effect that his unmasking would have on the world. In a scene reminiscent of a Scooby Doo episode, we can all picture the movie mogul croaking: “I would have got away with it too, if it wasn’t for you meddling kids,” referencing brave actresses such as Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd who came forward to reveal the ugly truth.
Since October, a plethora of other former Hollywood heroes have been accused of sexual harassment, from big screen veterans such as Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman to rising-stars like Ed Westwick and James Franco. However, unlike any trend which came before it, the #MeToo movement shows no signs of slowing down.
In fact, reporters are now so thirsty for a new shred of evidence against a Tinseltown name that they’re quizzing every actor and actress they come into contact with for details on their own personal experiences. From Sharon Stone’s recent interrogation, in which she laughed at the journalist for his naive assumption that because she hadn’t spoken out she wasn’t a victim, to the fresh story regarding comedian Aziz Ansari’s alleged misconduct.
So when Variety sat down with Pirates of the Caribbean star and English Rose, Kiera Knightley, they couldn’t resist asking her to talk all things #MeToo.
When asked for her thoughts on the scandal, the 32-year-old actress (one of the best paid in Hollywood) responded: “I was surprised by some of the specifics. But I was aware of the culture of silencing women and the culture of bullying them, and I knew that men in the industry were allowed to behave in very different ways than women. That was obvious.”