Emily Ratajkowski reveals ‘complicated’ reason she didn’t stop filming ‘Blurred Lines’ amid groping Robin Thicke allegations
The 30-year-old actress and model has already made it known she is “frustrated” by the leak of My body, a collection of personal essays, coming out on November 9. In conversation for the New york festival Tuesday, Ratajkowski and her I feel pretty co-featured Amy schumer discussed bodily politics, including Ratajkowski’s essay of being raped during the 2013 shoot – and the “complicated” feelings that come with it.
Ratajkowski said she was “disappointed” by the leak, via UK Sunday opening hours, “because it’s not that I brought up this situation because I wanted some kind of political feeling or consequences for this person. It’s just part of an essay that really kind of demonstrates the awakening that I had. And the nuance and the complicated relationship I have with power and commodification and my body and my image. “
She called the Blurred lines shoot “the perfect example of this because, as people will read in the essay, it was actually a really empowering experience in a lot of ways. There was mostly a female team on set, [a] director, a director of photography with whom I had already worked. [It] I felt like this thing where all these women – who were about my age [and] creative – were like, ‘Oh, you’re one of them. It’s funny. Do you feel comfortable in your outfit? ‘ When I danced, I felt like I was dancing for a bunch of girlfriends. So it all remains true. ”
However, in her essay, she alleges that during the filming – who saw her with two other nearly naked models dancing alongside Thicke, Pharrell Williams and TI – Thicke came up behind her “out of nowhere” and took “my topless from behind “. “She told Thicke, whom she described as ‘drunk’ (and has a history of drug and alcohol abuse), “smiled an awkward smile and stumbled back.” Director Diane Martel asked Ratajkowski if she was okay and threatened to cancel the shoot. Martel corroborated Ratajkowski’s account. Thicke has not commented publicly or responded to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment.
“Some people have asked me why I did not stop filming,” said Ratajkowski during the New york festival, “and this is something I write in the essay. If I had stopped this filming I think my big breakup might not have happened at all and I’m not sure I ‘could even have published the book I have I’m publishing now. So it’s really a double-edged sword and it’s nuanced and I have a complicated relationship with it. “
The Missing girl The actress also spoke of the “bunch of reasons” that she “kind of got out of my mind.”
“It wasn’t really a choice,” she explained. “It’s kind of gone. The memory was something that was there, but I just didn’t choose to focus on it. Because I felt very defensive of my position in the world,” as new to the entertainment space with aspirations beyond dancing with almost no clothes next to a singer. “And I wanted to believe that the most powerful women in the world are the sexiest… I had kind of acquired this power and this success and I also felt protective of the women who had strived and tried so hard to. make this video something that it ultimately couldn’t be because of the world we live in. “
In her book, Ratajkowski wrote that she didn’t dwell on the incident until she realized Thicke had blocked her on Instagram. She wrote: “With this one gesture, [he] reminded everyone on set that we women weren’t really in charge. I had no real power as a naked girl dancing in her music video. I was nothing more than the model hired.
Last year Ratajkowski wrote an essay for new York magazine entitled “Buying Myself Back”, in which she accused photographer Jonathan Leder of sexual assault after a photo shoot in 2012. This brought the conversation about the ownership of the image to the forefront as Leder, who denied Ratajkowski’s claim, went on to publish several books using Ratajkowski’s photos from that shoot and showed photos in galleries.
This essay led to Ratajkowski’s agreement with Metropolitan Books for his first book. My body, including the leaked essay, examines “what it means to be a woman and a commodity.”