Anna Faris is the latest star to come forward about her experience with sexual harassment.
The “Mom” actress revealed on her “Unqualified” podcast that an unnamed director slapped her butt on the set of a movie she filmed early in her career.
“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 a– in front of the crew so hard,” Faris said on Tuesday. “And all I could do was giggle.”
Faris said she didn’t know how to react in the moment so she made light of the situation to mitigate the impact.
“I remember looking around and I remember seeing the crew members being like, ‘Wait, what are you going to do about that? That seemed weird.’ And that’s how I dismissed it. 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 recalled. “But it made me feel small. He wouldn’t have done that to the lead male.”
She added that laughing off these encounters is a defense mechanism she’s developed over the years.
“We’re conditioned to giggle,” Faris said. “But also, if we were to do anything else, we’d be labeled a bitch or difficult. That would be the best of circumstances. I guess what I do is I laugh. It puts everyone at ease. That’s the defense mode you go into.”
“The House Bunny” star also said the filmmaker told her agent that she was hired because of her “great legs.”
“I remember that same director telling my agent, who told me, that I had great legs and that was one of the reasons that I got hired,” Faris revealed. “And listen, that’s a f—ing great compliment. 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].”
Faris adds her voice to the growing chorus of women who have shared their stories of abuse in the industry following accusations that Harvey Weinstein harassed dozens of women over the course of almost three decades. Other men, including director James Toback and Nickelodeon showrunner Chris Savino, have also recently been accused of misconduct.
Faris’ new book, “Unqualified,” was released on Tuesday.
Listen to the entire episode with guest Arielle Kebbel below.