Much of Hollywood has moved away from the filmmaker since the MeToo movement prompted a re-examination of allegations of child sexual abuse by her now-grown daughter, Dylan. Michael Caine, Timothee Chalamet and Greta Gerwig are among the actors who have publicly expressed their regret for working with him.
Scarlett Johansson told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview released on Wednesday that she’s standing by Woody Allen because, “I love Woody,” Johansson. “I believe him, and I would work with him anytime.”
Johansson is active in women’s issues and was among early supporters of Time’s Up, Allen helped boost Johansson to the A-list. 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.
“It’s hard because it’s a time where people are very fired up, and understandably,” she said. “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.”
Johansson said she has had numerous conversations with Allen about his past.