Julianna Margulies opened up about her unpleasant encounters with more powerful men in Hollywood. During a new interview with Jenny Hutt on SiriusXM Friday morning, she recalled an alleged meeting with Steven Seagal.
‘When I was 23, a casting director, a woman, said, ‘Well, Steven Seagal wants to go over the scene with you in his hotel room at 10 o’clock at night.’ And I lived in Brooklyn, and I said, ‘Oh, I don’t do that. I don’t travel. I don’t have money for a cab.’ And I didn’t,’ Julianna said.
‘And I said, ‘And I don’t take subways late at night.’ And she says, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll reimburse you. And I’m here.’ A woman, because we need to start holding these people accountable.’
She continued, ‘And I got to the hotel around 10:40 p.m. and she wasn’t there, and he was alone, and he made sure that I saw his gun, which I had never seen a gun in real life. And I got out of there unscathed…I never was raped, and I never was harmed. I don’t know how I got out of that hotel room. It always starts with ‘I’m a healer. I want to massage you’ and I sort of squirmed my way out.’
She admitted that she continued the movie.
‘When I got to LA, I made sure people were around me all the time. I never was alone with him,’ she shared.
‘Because of my experience with Steven Seagal in that room, which was horrific, I refused to meet Harvey Weinstein in his hotel room when another woman brought me.’
In the same interview, Julianna went on to confess that Harvey wanted to meet with her in his hotel room.
‘He opened the door, in a bathrobe. I could see that there were candles lit in the room, and there was a dinner for two. And I saw him stare at her and he looked at me, furious, and he took the door, and he said, ‘Just wanted to say great audition.’ And he slammed the door,’ Julianna said. ‘And of course, I didn’t get the part.’