Michelle Pfeiffer says sexual harassment of actresses in Hollywood is ‘systemic’

Michelle Pfeiffer (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)

Appearing alongside fellow Murder on the Orient Express actress Olivia Colman for an interview with BBC News, Michelle Pfeiffer spoke candidly about what she described as a “systemic” problem of sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood.

“I’ve had some experiences, I have to say, since this has all come out,” said Pfeiffer. “There really hasn’t been one women that I’ve talked to that hasn’t had a bad experience and it just goes to show you how systemic the problem is. I know I’m having conversations with women I’ve known my whole life and we’ve never discussed this and it’s coming out.”

Pfeiffer did express some optimism for younger women coming into Hollywood, saying that men in the business were now more likely to think twice more about the possible consequences of their actions. The line between being “hit on” and being “intimidated” by someone, she added, could sometimes be hard to draw.

“I think all the men are thinking,” said Pfeiffer. “There’s a lot of reflection going on with men and women. I was thinking myself, thinking back, where is that line between, ‘Oh, I got hit on,” and, ‘I was inappropriately, you know.’”

Colman, however, was quick to point out that there was a very obvious pattern of men in power taking advantage of young actresses who might be afraid of jeopardizing their careers.

“There are loads of cases with young women in their twenties,” said Colman. “They’re purposefully targeted.”

Watch an excerpt of the interview below and watch the full interview here.


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