"I was a child, and adults took advantage of me or tried, and I justified the behavior as me misunderstanding it," the Emmy winner reveals in a new interview as she discusses importance of #MeToo.
Laura Dern has opened up about her childhood in Hollywood and the times she felt adults behaved inappropriately with her.
In an interview with Vanity Fair published Wednesday, the "Big Little Lies" star spoke about the #MeToo movement and her experience working in the entertainment industry from when she was just 11 years old.
"No one has to speak about their experience," Dern said. "It's also remarkably brave to sit in your own home and look in the mirror and say: this is the truth of what happened."
"I will tell you I experienced everything barring assault," she continued. "I mean, there were a million of these circumstances where . . . What director or casting director needs a 13-year-old to go to the Chateau to audition in a room, sitting on a bed beside the director, to read a scene together alone? You just don't create that scenario."
"There was behavior that was definitely the worst kind of behavior that somehow I got myself out of or someone stopped it," she continued.
Dern's HBO film "The Tale," which has garnered her a 2019 Golden Globe nomination, focuses on a story where her character, Jennifer, is forced to re-evaluate past relationships with two coaches her 13-year-old self had deemed consensual at the time. This premise brought up old memories for Dern.
"I started making movies as an 11-year-old, so I was on location at 13, which is a different thing," she said. "I remember every compromised situation. I was a child, and adults took advantage of me or tried, and I justified the behavior as me misunderstanding it."