Kaya Scodelario has been speaking up about Hollywood’s biggest issues – a lack of working-class voices and #MeToo.
The Maze Runner star says it’s definitely time to talk
“It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life”
‘Maze Runner’ star Kaya Scodelario on sharing sexual assault story: ‘I hope it doesn’t define me’
“The Maze Runner” star Kaya Scodelario has no regrets about saying #MeToo, but hopes her harrowing experience doesn’t define her.
The British actress, 25, rehashed her sexual assault to praise the #MeToo movement, and credit it with giving her the strength to finally come forward.
“I will be asked about (my assault) forever now. I hope it doesn’t define me but it will always be under my name and I accept that — but I am proud that I was brave enough to do it and I am grateful for the support I had from friends,” she told Metro UK Tuesday.
The “Skins” star — who played Effy Stonem on the popular British teen drama — first shared her story in October.
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It’s taken me 13 years to say #MeToo .He is still protected by ‘family members’ in Brazil. They’ve told lies to papers to try to silence me.
“It’s taken me 13 years to say #MeToo. He is still protected by ‘family members’ in Brazil. They’ve told lies to papers to try to silence me. No more,” she wrote on Twitter at the time.
Looking back, Scodelario said the movement was a much-needed reminder that harassment and assault extends outside of Hollywood.
“It was taboo and it happened to someone we didn’t know, and #MeToo showed us it could happen to your friend, your sister, the women serving you food in a restaurant. It doesn’t just happen in movies,” she said.
She also explained why she wished #MeToo had been in play at the time of her assault.
“I remember thinking that if I was 12-years-old and I had this horrific thing happen to me, but I saw a woman I admired speaking up about it, it would have made me feel less guilty, and it would have inspired me to think, ‘This won’t hold me back, this is something that has happened but I am not a victim,'” she said.
During her initial confession, Scodelario wrote that she also felt inspired to come forward for the sake of her one-year-old son with husband Benjamin Walker.
Stars share their sexual harassment and assault experiences with the ‘Me Too’ campaign
“I do this for my son. So that he will see one day that we all have a voice. And that this behavior can not be tolerated any longer,” she wrote.
Kaya Scodelario’a heaving breasts about to hyperventilate out of her corset in Pirates of the Caribbean 5
#MeToo, initially founded by Tarana Burke, gained steam in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal after actress Alyssa Milano urged women worldwide to use the hashtag to share their stories of sexual assault.
Kaya Rose Scodelario-Davis is an English actress. She is best known for her roles as Effy Stonem on the E4 teen drama Skins, Teresa in The Maze Runner film series and Carina Smyth in the adventure film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Wikipedia
Born: March 13, 1992 (age 26 years), Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
Height: 1.68 m