Have you seen the Uma Thurman interview clip from the red carpet event for her Broadway debut, “The Parisian Woman”? It went viral over the weekend, and I understand why. It is becoming one of my favorite red carpet interviews of all time.
Thurman worked with Harvey Weinstein on a number of her best-known films, including “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill,” both from Quentin Tarantino, who has said he has been aware of Weinstein’s sexual misconduct for years. And, during the production of “Pulp Fiction,” Thurman was dating Italian film businessman Fabrizio Lombardo, a man who has recently been accused of knowingly leading women into private meetings with Weinstein. So when an “Access Hollywood” reporter asks in the clip her how she feels about all the women “speaking out about inappropriate behavior in the workplace,” she snaps to attention.
After saying, “I think it’s commendable,” she speaks slowly, breathing heavily, pronouncing each word deliberately, containing what looks like a ton of rage. “I don’t have a tidy sound bite for you, because I’ve learned — I am not a child — and I have learned that when I’ve spoken in anger, I usually regret the way I express myself. So I’ve been waiting to feel less angry.”
It’s the position of a seasoned Hollywood performer, one who has learned not to blabber pointlessly simply because someone is pointing a microphone at her. Thurman isn’t rude to the interviewer by any means, but she is loud and clear enough that the interviewer doesn’t even bother to try again.
“And when I’m ready, I’ll say what I have to say,” Thurman says as a finish, committed to responding to this nightmare on her terms, refusing to be railroaded.Matthew Gilbert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.