Mira Sorvino was on a panel for her upcoming Audience Network series Condor, a modern adaptation of Three Days of the Condor. You know Franchise Fred approves that, but I also got to ask her about her year of vindication. Since she spoke to Ronan Farrow about her abuse by Harvey Weinstein, she’s been vindicated by directors who confirmed Weinstein blacklisted her, telling them not to hire her. I asked if any casting director reached out to her to apologize, if they too were told not to cast her and believed it. They have not but Sorvino has felt a wealth of support recently.
“I have not been told that [by casting directors],” Sorvino said. “I was reached out to, as you know, publicly by Peter Jackson and by Terry Zwigoff which was very brave of them both and very noble of them. I appreciate that. I have to say, the general atmosphere since those allegations came out or those revelations, there seems to be a lot of good will towards me in the entertainment business. I’ve been getting offers and already have done this really great fun recurring role on Modern Family which is just a delight and going into some projects that will be announced in the next few days.”
Sorvino also addressed the open letter she wrote to Dylan Farrow in The Huffington Post, as an example of how she prefers to express these big picture thoughts in writing rather than interviews.
“I’ve written several pieces from the beginning of the fall to now,” Sorvino said. “I wrote a piece for Time, and then I did a piece in the Hollywood Reporter, and then I published my op-ed for Dylan Farrow. And I think it’s evolving for all of us. I am very excited that this movement of #MeToo and Time’s Up is taking place, not only for myself, but, honestly, for my daughters, because I cannot stand the idea that they would have to suffer what I and just about any other woman that I’ve ever met has suffered at some point in her life, if not multiple times. But I think it all requires grave consideration and thought. It’s not a snap to judgment thing. And I have been very, very careful about thinking long and hard before I put out any statements on anything, which is why I’ve done it in a written form.
“But I think it’s a really wonderful awakening time for all of us as moral human beings to say that no one should ever have to be abused in their workplace, in their home, harassed, and that, you know, obviously, sexual politics have no place in power dynamics. Our lives have to be become more equitable in every way, but I think we do still have to stay very focused on the harassment and abuse issues rather than sort of jettisoning them in favor of a very general women’s movement. And I think it’s wonderful to work for parity and equal pay, but we cannot leave the voices of all the victims of abuse and harassment behind as we move forward. We have to rise together.”
Condor stars Max Irons as Joe Turner, the role played by Robert Redford in the 1975 movie. Brendan Fraser plays Fowler, the Michael Miller role. Sorvino plays a brand new character.
“I felt because my character was really a new character that [the writers] created, she was a really fascinating character, Marty Frost,” Sorvino said. “I really had a lot of discussions with you all about where she was coming from and how she was not going to be your stereotypical sort of hardass, upper level CIA woman that we see portrayed a lot on television, but somebody who’s really has a rough, interesting, emotional past that makes her behave in unexpected ways, and she’s a very complex and fascinating character to put your teeth into. So I didn’t feel that I should dwell too much on the first film because she was a new entity that came with this production. But for that, I was very grateful to have such a rich role to dive into.”
Marty Frost is a badass. Fans of The Replacement Killers will see Sorvino in action again.
“I did some of my own stunts,” Sorvino said. “I don’t think I had any training. We rehearsed them. I mean, we worked with the stunt coordinator with the fight choreography. I had an awesome stuntwoman, though. I don’t want to give away anything or even whom the stunt was with, but my stuntwoman does something that seems to defy human possibility. I did have fun doing some of it. I’ve done some combat in other shows, and it was actually kind of fun.”
Condor premieres in June on Audience Network.