Actress Mira Sorvino 'gagged with condom' during audition when she was 16

Lewis Collier
July 12, 2018

Mira Sorvino was gagged with a condom by a casting director at her very first audition in Hollywood.

Sorvino reflected on why she worked with Allen at the time, describing him as her "hero" back in the '90s.

The actress was auditioning for a horror movie scene, and said in order to scare her, she was tied to a chair and her arm was bruised.

"I was too young, thank God, to know what a condom tasted like". "When you're young, you don't question", Mira said, explaining that when you're new, you feel like you have to go that extra mile to prove yourself.

"People take advantage of that. People have always taken advantage of that", she said. "Directors pressuring you to have relationships with them, people casting you saying if you have a sexual relationship with them they'll give you the part".

Sorvino did not name the casting director or the movie she was auditioning for.

The Golden Globe victor also claimed that she's had friends "who were advised: 'You're absolutely going to have to have sex with all kinds of people to advance your career'".

In the New Yorker magazine in October a year ago, she said that Weinstein had chased her around a room after he started massaging her shoulders in a Toronto hotel in 1995. "I think my mouth just opened and my silence was deafening".

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Sorvino also revealed she lost out on many acting opportunities throughout her career because she refused to compromise her morals.

Sorvino had previously come forward with her own story about disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, alleging that he sexually harassed her.

As one of dozens of actresses who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, Mira Sorvino became a leading face of the #MeToo movement, long after she abruptly dropped off the radar following her Oscar win for Mighty Aphrodite.

The actress then recalled another incident with a big-name director who allegedly said to her, 'You know, as I look at you my mind can't help but travelling from the artistic possibilities and the sexual'.

Speaking of Farrow, Sorvino said on the HFPA podcast: "I have since gotten to know Dylan and I believe her".

"In my mind, the thing going on in my head, was 'Oh, I thought this was a legitimate meeting.' I thought this was an actual, you had me here, because you thought I was talented or that I brought something that would be good for this role", she continued.

"I can not begin to imagine how you have felt, all these years as you watched someone you called out as having hurt you as a child, a vulnerable little girl in his care, be lauded again and again, including by me and countless others in Hollywood who praised him and ignored you", Sorvino wrote for the Huffington Post. "I know for a fact that's why I didn't get that part".

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