Sharon Stone bursts out laughing as she is asked if she has faced sexual harassment in Hollywood
Sharon Stone was a huge star after her following up her breakout role in Total Recall with her iconic role in Basic Instinct and her Oscar-nominated performance in Casino, but there was a period where she seemed to disappear from Hollywood's spotlight.
In 2001, the now 59-year-old actress suffered from a brain hemorrhage which left her barely able to function, affecting her ability to speak and walk. But now, she has turned her life around and has even adopted three sons, whom she raises as a single mother. In an interview with Lee Cowan on CBS Sunday Morning, she discussed her life after the hemorrhage, as well as touching on some important topics.
Talking about her medical crisis, she said, "there was about a five percent chance of me living. My whole life was wiped out." After discussing her recovery, the interview turned to her view on life, as well the recent slew of allegations of sexual misconduct throughout the film industry.
Starting off with the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, the movement has gained more momentum as time has gone on, with people showing their support for victims of sexual harassment and assault by donating to and promoting #TimesUp. Stone attended the Golden Globes ceremony, wearing all-black along with the other guests in support of this cause.
"We were raised to accommodate men, particularly in my generation," she told Cowan. "And women so often lose their own identity to the identity of the men that they're with. They even change the way they dress and what they do to fit the men that they're with."
"We're starting to acknowledge our own gifts as women and not think that we have to behave as men in order to be empowered or powerful or valuable."
Then the interviewer turned the question to the topic on the minds of many in Hollywood these days, asking the actress whether she was ever put into an uncomfortable position by others in the industry. It was at this point that Stone burst into laughter.
"Oh, I've been in this business for 40 years," she said with a smile.
"Can you imagine the business I stepped into 40 years ago? Looking like I look, from Nowhere, Pennsylvania? I didn't come here with any protection. I've seen it all."
It's worth thinking about the fact that however awful the stories we hear about are, it would have only been more brutal and prevalent in the preceding years, when those in power faced even fewer consequences for their misdeeds. Stone doesn't go into any details, but paints a picture of a career where she had to face many men like Weinstein, vulnerable as an unknown actress trying to be successful in the industry.
Stone has seen a bit of a resurgence lately, recently appearing in The Disaster Artist, as well as taking on a lead role in HBO's Mosaic, which premieres on January 22. It seems that her past struggles haven't slowed her down.