Elle Fanning said Saturday that she “regrets” that starring in Woody Allen’s upcoming “A Rainy Day in New York” may have “hurt anyone in the process.”
During an interview for another upcoming movie, “Galveston,” at TheWrap’s studio at SXSW, Fanning was seemingly caught off guard when asked about her “Rainy Day” director, Woody Allen. Several stars of Allen’s films have publicly said that they would not work with the director again in the wake of resurfaced allegations of sexual assault by his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, and her mother, Mia Farrow.
“I regret if my decision to work with anyone hurt anyone in the process, because it’s never your intent to do [so],” Fanning said, adding that she supported the Time’s Up movement. “I’m a huge supporter of women and working with women and [“Galveston” director] Mélanie [Laurent].”
Among the many actors that have worked with Allen in the past who said they would not work with him again is “Wonder Wheel” actor David Krumholtz, who said he “deeply” regrets working with the filmmaker on his most recent film, calling it one of his “most heartbreaking mistakes.”
Greta Gerwig also said she will never work for Allen again and wouldn’t have starred in his 2012 movie “To Rome With Love” had she known about the accusations against him. Peter Sarsgaard, who starred in Allen’s 2013 film “Blue Jasmine,” said he would turn down another chance to work with the director.
Fanning’s “Rainy Day in New York” costars Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Hall said they donated their salaries from the film to charities, with Chalamet saying he gave money to Time’s UP, the LGBT Center in New York and RAINN, an anti-sexual violence organization.
“It’s a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation, but I’ve donated my wage to @timesup,” Hall wrote in an Instagram post in January.
Fanning said she also made a donation to Time’s Up. “This conversation that we’re having needs to be had for sure and it needs to be continued. I’m a huge supporter of all of that.”
Allen has been accused of sexual assault by his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow, an allegation for which he was investigated in 1992 but never charged. Allen has denied the allegations, calling it an invention of Farrow’s mother, actress Mia Farrow. They accusations were brought back to the public’s attention when Farrow detailed her experience in an open letter in the New York Times in 2014.
In December, she published a new op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, in which she called out Kate Winslet, Blake Lively and Gerwig for working with Allen amidst the accusations.
Fanning attended SXSW to discuss “Galveston,” which was directed by Mélanie Laurent and also stars Ben Foster and Lili Reinhart.