Timothée Chalamet Is The Latest Actor To Donate Salary From A Woody Allen Film To Charity

"This year has changed the way I see and feel about so many things."

As the #MeToo and Time's Up movements continue to change how our society addresses and confronts sexual misconduct, people's mindsets are constantly evolving. Having been asked multiple times about working with Woody Allen, actor Timothée Chalamet has joined fellow actors in donating money made from working with the controversial director to charity.


"I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer," wrote Chalamet in a recent Instagram post. "I'm not able to answer the question directly because of contractual obligations. But what I can say is this: I don't want to profit from my work on the film and, to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary to three charities: TIME'S UP, the LGBT Center in New York, and RAINN. I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve."

In the post-Harvey Weinstein world, Hollywood has been reeling with stories of sexual assault and harassment, both new and old. For Allen, allegations of molestation first began in the early '90s when adopted daughter Dylan Farrow (whose mom is Mia Farrow and brother is Ronan Farrow) accused the director of sexual abuse. Though Allen was not charged, Farrow stands by the claim. Ever since, a dark cloud has followed Allen and those he works with have faced criticism.

The 22-year-old — a high-profile rising talent who is favored to potentially win an Oscar this year for Call Me By Your Name — is just one of a few actors who have chosen to donate money they've made from an Allen film, specifically 2018's A Rainy Day in New York

First there was The Tick star Griffin Newman who said, "I deeply regret my final decision." Then Rebecca Hall (who also starred in Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona) decided to donate her salary from the upcoming film to Time's Up. Chalamet, it seems, chose to follow in both their footsteps in donating to those charities as well as an LGBT organization — which makes sense given the fact that he starred in a huge gay film this year. Stars such as Greta Gerwig and Mira Sorvino have also said they regret working with Allen. This echoes Kevin Smith's decision to donate earnings made from any Weinstein-produced movie to charity.

"This year has changed the way I see and feel about so many things; it has been a thrilling and, at times, enlightening education," Chalamet's post goes on to read. "I have, to this point, chosen projects from the perspective of a young actor trying to walk in the footsteps of more seasoned actors I admire. But I am learning that a good role isn't the only criteria for accepting a job — that has become much clearer to me in the past few months, having witnessed the birth of a powerful movement intent on ending injustice, inequality, and, above all, silence."

Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Elle Fanning Liev Schreiber, Suki Waterhouse, and Diego Luna — just to name a few — also appear in A Rainy Day in New York, and have yet to address doing so. That said, the film also hasn't locked down a solid release date for 2018, so its future remains to be seen.

(H/T: Deadline)

Cover image via JStone / Shutterstock


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