Anna Faris claims that Ivan Reitman, the late director, inappropriately touched her on the set of their 2006 rom-com My Super Ex-Girlfriend.
The actress revealed on her podcast Unqualified that Reitman “slapped my ass” during production and “yelled” at her on her first day, leaving her feeling “angry, hurt, and humiliated.”
During a candid conversation with actress and filmmaker Lena Dunham, Faris said: “One of my hardest film experiences was with Ivan Reitman.
I mean, the idea of attempting to make a comedy under this, like, reign of terror, he was a yeller. He would bring down somebody every day…and my first day, it was me.”
During a wide-ranging discussion with Dunham about various on-set behaviors, Faris revealed that she had to fight back the tears during her hectic first interaction with Reitman, who died in February, after being late to set due to an accident.
In response to Faris’ claim that Reitman slapped her behind, Dunham said: “I don’t think you’re the first person who’s reported that. And I’m so sorry you had that experience. And did no one step in and say, “No?”
“No. It was, like, 2006,” responds Faris.
Curb Your Enthusiasm exec Gavin Polone, one of the producers on My Super Ex-Girlfriend, told Deadline this morning: “I never saw that incident or heard about it, but I would not have any reason to dispute Anna’s account, either.
If Anna says it happened, I believe her. If it had happened in front of me, I certainly would have confronted Ivan about it. I’m sad to think Anna was demeaned in that way.”
Faris has previously described the incident but has never revealed the identity of the director. Back in 2017, in the early days of the #MeToo movement, the actress said of the experience: “I was doing a scene where I was on a ladder and I was supposed to be taking books off a shelf and he slapped my a– in front of the crew so hard. And all I could do was giggle.”
Faris stated that she didn’t know how to react and used humor as a defense method.
“I remember looking around and I remember seeing the crew members being like, ‘Wait, what are you going to do about that? That seemed weird.’
And that’s how I dismissed it. I was like, ‘Well, this isn’t a thing. Like, it’s not that big of a deal. Buck up, Faris. Like, just giggle.’ But it made me feel small. He wouldn’t have done that to the lead male.”
Simultaneously, the actress claimed that the filmmaker told her agent that she was hired because of her “great legs.”
“I remember that same director telling my agent, who told me, that I had great legs and that was one of the reasons that I got hired,” Faris revealed.
“And listen, that’s an f—ing great compliment. I like my legs. But that sort of informed my whole experience with that whole project. I don’t think the male lead got hired because he had great legs. Therefore I felt like I’m hired because of these elements — not because of [talent].”