In 1992, filmmaker Woody Allen was accused by his daughter Dylan Farrow of molesting her. Dylan was 7 years old at the time; her adoptive mother, Mia Farrow, and Allen, who co-adopted Farrow’s children during their relationship, were about to commence what would turn out to be an acrimonious custody battle for their three children following the breakup of their long-term relationship. (The breakup followed Allen’s affair with Farrow’s daughter from an earlier marriage, Soon-Yi Previn; the two have been married since December 22, 1997, and have two adopted daughters.)
Allen was never prosecuted for the molestation charge, which he strongly denies. But Dylan — along with her mother and her brother, investigative journalist Ronan Farrow — has maintained the veracity of her account, charges that she renewed in 2014. Meanwhile, Allen’s career has not been materially harmed by the allegations; he’s continued to make about one movie every year, working with stars such as Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Emma Stone, Colin Firth, Justin Timberlake, Owen Wilson, Colin Farrell, Ewan McGregor, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, and many, many more.
But in October 2017, sexual assault allegations took down movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, followed by a cascading series of allegations against Hollywood figures like Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Louis C.K., James Toback, and more that started to cut into the careers of those powerful men. It seemed inevitable that Dylan’s accusation against Allen would resurface in this new climate and that his legacy would be reevaluated.
And that’s exactly what happened. Actors who had worked with Allen began to publicly voice regret for that work within weeks of the Weinstein story, beginning with Griffin Newman, who appeared in Allen’s upcoming film A Rainy Day in New York (which was shooting when the Weinstein allegations broke in early October 2017). Many of those who’ve spoken up have pledged their salaries from the Allen projects to organizations like RAINN (the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) and Time’s Up, a movement of powerful Hollywood women working to fight sexual harassment in their industry and beyond.
Here is an alphabetical list of the actors who have publicly repudiated their work with Allen since October 2017.
This list will be updated as necessary. The most recent addition to the list is Michael Caine.
Hayley Atwell (Cassandra’s Dream, 2007)
Atwell told the Guardian in an interview published on January 28 that she regretted working with Allen on his 2007 film Cassandra’s Dream:
I haven’t spoken about this before. It was my first film and I didn’t feel directed by him at all. I didn’t have any kind of relationship with him. And that was fine but bizarre. It was a great opportunity, so I did the best I could and left. I didn’t know back then what I know now. Would I work with him now? No. And I stand in solidarity with his daughter and offer an apology to her if my contribution to his work has caused her suffering or made her feel dismissed in any way. It’s exciting that I can say this now and I’m not going to be blacklisted.
Rachel Brosnahan (Crisis in Six Scenes, 2016)
Brosnahan, who recently won a Golden Globe for her starring role in the Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, said on the January 17, 2018 episode of the Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast that she regretted appearing in Allen’s Amazon TV show Crisis in Six Scenes:
Look, I had a great experience working on that project. But I do have to take this opportunity to say that, for me, I have really struggled with the decision to do that project for a long time. Honestly, it’s the decision that I have made in my life that is the most inconsistent with everything I stand for and believe in, both publicly and privately. And while I can’t take it back, it’s important to me, moving forward, to make decisions that better reflect the things that I value and my worldview.
Michael Caine (Hannah and Her Sisters, 1986)
Caine won an Oscar for his performance in Allen’s 1986 film Hannah and Her Sisters, which also starred Mia Farrow. Allen also won an Oscar for the film’s screenplay, and Caine and Farrow’s co-star Dianne Wiest won Best Supporting Actress.
In an interview published on March 10, Caine told the Guardian:
I am so stunned. I’m a patron of the NSPCC [National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children] and have very strong views about paedophilia. I can’t come to terms with it, because I loved Woody and had a wonderful time with him. I even introduced him to Mia. I don’t regret working with him, which I did in complete innocence; but I wouldn’t work with him again, no.
The movie was released a year after Farrow adopted her daughter Dylan. Allen was in a relationship with Farrow at the time, and adopted Dylan in 1991. Dylan’s accusations against Allen came a year later.
Timothée Chalamet (A Rainy Day in New York, 2018)
The rising star of Call Me by Your Name shot A Rainy Day in New York with Allen during summer 2017. In an Instagram post on January 15, he followed his co-stars Rebecca Hall and Griffin Newman in expressing regret for working on the film and pledging his salary to RAINN, Time’s Up, and the LGBT Center in New York:
Colin Firth (Magic in the Moonlight, 2013)
Following Dylan Farrow’s January 18 televised interview about about her allegation against her father, the British newspaper The Guardian asked Firth about his work with Allen.
“I wouldn’t work with him again,” Firth said in a statement to the paper.
Greta Gerwig (To Rome With Love, 2012)
At the Golden Globes in January, Lady Bird writer and director Greta Gerwig was questioned by a reporter about whether, given the night’s emphasis on honoring victims of sexual assault and calling for change in Hollywood, she regretted working with Allen. Gerwig’s response that night seemed a bit like a fumble: She said it was “something that I’ve thought deeply about and I care deeply about, and I haven’t even had an opportunity to have an in-depth discussion where I come down on one side or the other.”
Two days later, however, Gerwig gave a different response. Speaking with the New York Times’s Frank Bruni, she voiced regret:
It is something that I take very seriously and have been thinking deeply about, and it has taken me time to gather my thoughts and say what I mean to say. I can only speak for myself and what I’ve come to is this: If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film. I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again. Dylan Farrow’s two different pieces made me realize that I increased another woman’s pain, and I was heartbroken by that realization. I grew up on his movies, and they have informed me as an artist, and I cannot change that fact now, but I can make different decisions moving forward.
Rebecca Hall (A Rainy Day in New York, 2018; Vicky Cristina Barcelona, 2008)
Hall, who starred in Allen’s 2008 film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, shot A Rainy Day in New York with the director during summer 2017. In a statement on Instagram posted on January 13, Hall voiced her regret and pledged her salary to Time’s Up:
The day after the Weinstein accusation broke in full force I was shooting a day of work on Woody Allen’s latest movie in New York. I couldn’t have imagined somewhere stranger to be that day. When asked to do so, some seven months ago, I quickly said yes. He gave me one of my first significant roles in film for which I have always been grateful, it was one day in my hometown - easy. I have, however subsequently realized there is nothing easy about any of this. In the weeks following I have thought very deeply about this decision, and remain conflicted and saddened. After reading and re-reading Dylan Farrow’s statements of a few days ago and going back and reading the older ones - I see, not only how complicated this matter is, but that my actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed. That is not something that sits easily with me in the current or indeed any moment, and I am profoundly sorry. I regret this decision and wouldn’t make the same one today. It’s a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation but I’ve donated my wage to @timesup. I’ve also signed up, will continue to donate, and look forward to working with and being part of this positive movement towards change not just in Hollywood but hopefully everywhere. #timesup
David Krumholtz (Wonder Wheel, 2017)
Krumholtz appeared in Allen’s Wonder Wheel, released at the end of 2017, but on January 5 he tweeted that he regretted working on the film. (When a commenter asked about donating his residuals, Krumholtz replied, “What residuals? Barely got paid. Woody doesn’t pay.”)
I deeply regret working with Woody Allen on Wonder Wheel. It's one of my most heartbreaking mistakes. We can no longer let these men represent us in entertainment, politics, or any other realm. They are beneath real men.— Krumholtz (@mrDaveKrumholtz) January 5, 2018
Griffin Newman (A Rainy Day in New York, 2018)
Newman, who stars in the amazon series The Tick, was the first actor to publicly repudiate his work with Allen following the Weinstein allegations. Newman donated his salary for Allen’s upcoming film A Rainy Day in New York to RAINN, and tweeted about his reasons:
I need to get this off my chest:— Griffin Newman (@GriffLightning) October 14, 2017
- I worked on Woody Allen’s next movie.
- I believe he is guilty.
- I donated my entire salary to RAINN.
- It’s a one scene role.— Griffin Newman (@GriffLightning) October 14, 2017
- I spent a month debating whether or not to quit.
- I deeply regret my final decision.
Why didn’t I quit?— Griffin Newman (@GriffLightning) October 14, 2017
- My parents were incredibly proud.
- I felt there things to be gained from the experience on that set.
- I was a coward.
It was an educational experience for all the wrong reasons. I learned conclusively that I cannot put my career over my morals again.— Griffin Newman (@GriffLightning) October 14, 2017
Continuing the thread, Newman wrote, “I can’t keep professionally operating from a place of fear. It’s time to show a courage in my actions mirroring my words without concession.”
Elliot Page (To Rome With Love, 2012)
In a November 10, 2017, Facebook post about his experiences with sexual harassment and assault, particularly at the hands of X-Men: The Last Stand director Brett Ratner, Page wrote more broadly about predators in Hollywood, and about his regrets for working with Allen:
I did a Woody Allen movie and it is the biggest regret of my career. I am ashamed I did this. I had yet to find my voice and was not who I am now and felt pressured, because “of course you have to say yes to this Woody Allen film.” Ultimately, however, it is my choice what films I decide to do and I made the wrong choice. I made an awful mistake.
Peter Sarsgaard (Blue Jasmine, 2013)
During a Meet the Press Daily appearance on February 26, actors Peter Sarsgaard and Jeff Daniels were asked about whether they’d work with Allen again. Daniels fudged his answer, saying “the difficult decision would be to turn him down.” But Sarsgaard said that though he’d appeared in Blue Jasmine, he wouldn’t do another Allen film.
Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite, 1995)
Sorvino won an Oscar for her role in Mighty Aphrodite, in which she plays a young prostitute and porn actress who turns out to be the mother of the adopted son of the film’s main character, Lenny, played by Allen. In past interviews, Sorvino had sidestepped questions about her work with Allen. But on January 10, she wrote an open letter to Dylan Farrow that was published in the Huffington Post, apologizing for turning “a blind eye” to Farrow’s story:
In December I called your brother Ronan, sharing about the aftermath of my and other women’s coming forward about Harvey Weinstein. How it had been a sometimes empowering, sometimes bitter and heartbreaking experience, as more and more details came out of hidden damage this man had done me. Of how I felt somehow more vulnerable and triggered (though certainly grateful) when millions of people showed me their support online, as though now my life had been reduced to one victimization. ... I told him I wanted to learn more about you and your situation. He pointed me toward publicly available details of the case I had ruefully never known of, which made me begin to feel the evidence strongly supported your story. That you have been telling the truth all along.
I am so sorry, Dylan! I cannot begin to imagine how you have felt, all these years as you watched someone you called out as having hurt you as a child, a vulnerable little girl in his care, be lauded again and again, including by me and countless others in Hollywood who praised him and ignored you. As a mother and a woman, this breaks my heart for you. I am so, so sorry!
Evan Rachel Wood (Whatever Works, 2009)
On December 4, 2016, in response to a tweet about working with Woody Allen on his 2009 film Whatever Works, Wood indicated that she wouldn’t work with the director again:
That was years before I read Dylan's letter. Unfortunately, I can't say that I would again. @juicybombon— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) December 4, 2016