The 27-year-old British actress has joined almost 200 female stars, including Rebel Wilson, Emilia Clarke and Olivia Colman, in writing an open letter in support of the Time’s Up initiative, which was setup following the Hollywood sexual misconduct scandal, ahead of this evening’s (18.02.18) BAFTAs.
And she’s also given the substantial sum to the UK Justice and Equality Fund, which aims to offer advice and support to victims of workplace intimidation or inequality.
The letter published in The Observer newspaper reads: “This movement is bigger than just a change in our industry alone. This movement is intersectional, with conversations across race, class, community, ability and work environment, to talk about the imbalance of power.
“In the very near past, we lived in a world where sexual harassment was an uncomfortable joke; an unavoidable awkward part of being a girl or a woman.
“It was certainly not to be discussed, let alone addressed.
In 2018, we seem to have woken up in a world ripe for change. If we truly embrace this moment, a line in the sand will turn to stone.”
Many stars will be donning black at the EE-sponsered awards ceremony held at London’s Royal Albert Hall, but host Joanna Lumley won’t be.
The ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ actress previously admitted to feeling under pressure to wear black to show solidarity for Time’s Up.
The trend began at this year’s Golden Globes in the US, but the British veteran said she would love to show off her flamboyant side at the bash.
She explained: “At the Globes, if you weren’t wearing black you were virtually saying, ‘I am Harvey Weinstein’s mistress.’
“Everybody will be in black out of terror, even though I would love to wear a colour. I love flamboyance and our industry and I want to celebrate it.”
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