Actress Anna Faris has spoken out about experiencing sexual harassment at work in her podcast, Unqualified.
The Scary Movie actress joins the hundreds of women who have now spoken out about sexual harassment at work. Faris told her podcast listeners that the experience happened early in her career, when the unnamed director ‘slapped [her] ass’ on set.
She explained: “I was doing a scene where I was on a ladder and I was supposed to be taking books off a shelf and he slapped my ass in front of the crew so hard. All I could do was giggle,” she recalled.
“I remember looking around and I remember seeing the crew members, [and] being like, ‘Wait, what are you going to do about that? That seemed weird.’”
However, being inexperienced in the industry and not seeing a reaction from crew members, Faris decided to ‘dismiss’ the incident.
“I was like, ‘Well, this isn’t a thing. Like, it’s not that big of a deal. Buck up, Faris. Like, just giggle,’” she said. “But it made me feel small. He wouldn’t have done that to the lead male.”
Faris admitted her reaction was “problematic”, as women shouldn’t “laugh off” sexual harassment. “We’re conditioned to giggle,” she said. “But also, if we were to do anything else, we’d be labelled a bitch or difficult. That would be the best of circumstances.”
She continued, “I guess what I do is laugh. It puts everyone at ease. That’s the defence mode you go into.”
Faris added that the same director told her agent that she was chosen for the role because she had “great legs”. “Listen, that’s a f***ing great compliment,” she said. “I like my legs. But that sort of informed my whole experience with that whole project.
“I don’t think the male lead got hired because he had great legs. Therefore I felt like I’m hired because of these elements – not because of [talent].”