In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter
I’ve always thought women are intrinsically powerful. And some men still don’t want the competition. Thirty-seven years ago, the industry was mostly run by men. Directors were mostly men. It’s taken years for women to accept their own power and say, “I can do this!” Initially, I was looking for someone else to direct Yentl, until I realized that none of the men I approached had as strong a vision of this movie as I did. So I took the chance. It’s only recently, with the #MeToo movement, that women have come together in strength to support each other. And that makes a huge difference.
In an interview with CNBC
For me, #MeToo is simply a shorthand to discuss something that was previously not able to really be publicly discussed. [...] I am always confused a little bit when the media calls it a movement. I think it was a media thing that scared people that made it seem like there’s thousands of women in the streets with pitchforks running after men — and that’s really not the case.
In a TEDTalk
So much of what we hear about the Me Too Movement is about individual bad actors or depraved, isolated behaviour, and it fails to recognise that anybody in a position of power comes with privilege, and it renders those without that power more vulnerable. Teachers and students, coaches and athletes, law enforcement and citizen, parent and child: these are all relationships that can have an incredible imbalance of power. But we reshape that imbalance by speaking out against it in unison and by creating spaces to speak truth to power. We have to re-educate ourselves and our children to understand that power and privilege doesn’t always have to destroy and take – it can be used to serve and build. And we have to re-educate ourselves to understand that, unequivocally, every human being has the right to walk through this life with their full humanity intact.
In a tweet
#MeToo is important, it's honest and it's our experience. It is not a lie. For some reason, there are people in the media that will try to bring it down, but I say stand strong. Again, it's simply our shared experience. That is what #MeToo is. And it's beautiful. As are we.
In an interview with GQ, talking about the #MeToo movement
Change has to occur with a real empathy and understanding, rather than men and women going, ‘This is the new rule’. A lot of adjustments are being made and there’s a re-education occurring, so while we’re trying to traverse this new territory, plenty of mistakes are gonna be made. What I’d hope for is that there’s an open understanding of how we’re trying to figure it out together. I was fortunate to have a cohesive unity and wonderful role models, who had mutual respect for one another. I have a clear memory of my dad at a young age. If I’d go, ‘Stop being such a girl,’ he’d be like, ‘What’s wrong with girls? Your mum’s a girl? What is it, Chris?’ He was right. I remember that and always really admired it.
29 Mar 2018CO.uk
In an interview with GQ
For a female artist, it takes a lot more to be taken seriously if you’re not sat down at a piano or with a guitar, you know? For a male artist, people instantly assume they write their own music, but for women, they assume it’s all manufactured. […] Even from school, growing up with kiss chase or whatever, it’s been ingrained in our heads that boys will be boys and its harmless fun and no big deal and to brush things off. […] I’m lucky in that I haven’t really had any sexual harassment in any way. But I think [#MeToo] is so important. [...] For lots of females, be it actresses, singers, models, no matter what it is, it’s not being able to have the right to dress and wear how and what you want and be taken seriously.
In an interview with Boston Globe, talking about the #MeToo movement
I’ve got my ears open. I hear what’s being said, and I think adjustments have to be mad. Some I knew about, some I knew about but wasn’t conscious of, and some are just horrible old traditions. It’s having an effect on me. When I read a script and all the male characters are great and all the women characters are taking off their clothes, and the men are making love to them heroically and the women are thanking them, I think, ‘Hmm. I don’t think this washes anymore,’ and I’m not alone.
In an interview with The New York Times about allegations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein
I knew enough to do more than I did, there was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these thing. I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard, If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him. […] I’m calling on the other guys who knew more to not be scared. Don’t just give out statements. Vow to do better by our sisters. What was previously accepted is now untenable to anyone of a certain consciousness
12 Oct 2017TWITTER.com
In a tweet
I want to add my voice of support for the women who have had the courage to speak out against Harvey Weinstein. Like most people in Hollywood, I have worked with him and I’m deeply disappointed in myself for being so oblivious to these devastating experiences of sexual harassment and abuse. He is emblematic of a systemic problem. Men should stand with women and work together until there is real accountability and change.