Woody Allen has had a hard time finding allies in Hollywood since child sexual abuse allegations about Allen and his now-grown daughter Dylan resurfaced amid the #MeToo movement. But one actress whose career got a big boost from her work with the legendary director, Scarlett Johansson, is firmly in his corner.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Johansson said: “I love Woody. I believe him, and I would work with him anytime.”
She added: “It’s hard because it’s a time where people are very fired up, and understandably. Things needed to be stirred up, and so people have a lot of passion and a lot of strong feelings and are angry, and rightfully so. It’s an intense time.”
“Allen helped boost Johansson to the A-list,” the AP notes. “He directed her in ‘Match Point,’ ‘Scoop’ and ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona.’ She said she has spoken to Allen about the accusations and he maintains his innocence. He has never been criminally charged.”
Johansson, who is active in women’s issues and was an early supporter of Time’s Up, said of her conversations with Allen about his past: “I have been very direct with him, and he’s very direct with me.”
The AP notes that Michael Caine, Timothee Chalamet and Greta Gerwig are among a number of actors who have publicly expressed regret over working with Allen.
“Allen has yet to find a U.S. distributor for his films since Amazon pulled his deal last year,” the AP notes. “Allen has filed a $68 million lawsuit against Amazon.”