It’s been one year since the Time’s Up launched at the Golden Globes with actresses and actors wearing all black and pins in support of the movement that fought against sexual harassment and called for change. This year, the movement continued on the Golden Globes red carpet with stars like Charlize Theron and Amber Heard donning Time’s Up ribbons and bracelets designed by Oscar-nominated costume designer Arianne Phillip. Deadline talked to actors, actresses, and filmmakers as they reflect on the change that has happened since the inception of Time’s Up.
Many have seen great change — particular the cast and writers of the groundbreaking Golden Globe-nominated Pose.
Janet Mock, a writer and director on the series said, “The organizers [of Time’s Up] have done such great work to make sure that they are funded and that they have spread beyond the entertainment industry because harassment at work happens in many industries.”
Dominique Jackson, who plays the sharp-tongued Elektra Abundance on the FX series said, “All of these things have to happen for it to get better.” she added. “These movements need to happen so we can fix it.”
The impact of Time’s Up has spilled over into Hollywood’s fight for representation and inclusion in terms of storytelling. Mj Rodriguez, who plays Bianca, the house mother with a heart of gold on Pose, applauds the movement and its influence on the industry. “I think people’s minds are being opened and we have to challenge those minds that don’t understand. Our artistry is something that changes the minds of others. We are at a crazy moment of our lives — this is what changes the mind of people.”
Dr. Stacy L. Smith from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative said of the Time’s Up movement’s influence: “I think we are seeing accelerated change and accelerated conversation and they have been taking place for a while.” In a recent study from the Inclusion Initiative, it was found that 2018 saw a record number of Black directors helming movies in the top-grossing 100 films from the year.
“This sends a signal that Hollywood changes when it wants to,” she continues. “We need to accelerate change for women, people of color, the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities.”
Many others saw the benefit of Time’s Up. Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall said it “was a wake-up call for so many people” while William Jackson Harpe of The Good Place said that the movement feels “incremental.” He adds “I do feel like there’s a thought towards representation that was missing till last year. It’s baby steps in the right direction.” Isla Fisher continues the sentiment saying “It’s a great time to be a woman — we are headed in the right direction.”
Michelle Yeoh, who was at the Golden Globes for the first time in her brilliant career (yes, really), said “Change is very dramatic and it is quite obvious.” She continues, “We live in this world together and we need to work together to change it. All these movements — Time’s Up, #MeToo — needed to become regular and they came at a right time.”
BlacKkKlansman actor and Golden Globe nominee John David Washington said that the Time’s Up movement has given everybody a moment to pause before they act — and that’s a start. “It’s getting the awareness up,” he said. “We have a long mountain to climb to see its effect and positivity.”
“Movements like Time’s Up are all making room for each other and I think that’s important thing — to be less afraid to speak out and speak up,” said Green Book actress Linda Cardellini. “I think we’ve made progress, but there is still progress to be made. When people are held accountable — they need to remain held accountable.”
Finally, musician Linda Perry, who is nominated for Best Song for Dumplin‘ said it best when she said “women are able to come out and step up into their power.” She punctuated that by saying, “I feel that in 2018 women took their power back. We’ve always had power but we’ve lost it somewhere along the way. It’s never going back to the way it was. We still have to fight for equality, salary and all of that but we are moving forward now.”