Actors Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Hall made headlines this week after pledging to donate their salaries from their upcoming Woody Allen film A Rainy Day in New York to a handful of organizations including Time’s Up, the LGBT Community Center and RAINN, a group that works against sexual violence.
Selena Gomez, who also stars in the film, received some backlash from fans for not joining her costars’ charitable actions in the wake of sexual abuse claims against Allen. A source close to Gomez, however, told People that while Gomez hasn’t made a public statement against the director, she “made a significant donation anonymously” to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund that “far exceeded her salary for the film.”
Both Chalamat and Hall took to Instagram over the weekend to discuss their decision to donate their salaries. “It’s a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation but I’ve donated my wage to @timesup,” Hall wrote.
“I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve,” Chalamat mirrored.
The day after the Weinstein accusation broke in full force I was shooting a day of work on Woody Allen’s latest movie in New York. I couldn’t have imagined somewhere stranger to be that day. When asked to do so, some seven months ago, I quickly said yes. He gave me one of my first significant roles in film for which I have always been grateful, it was one day in my hometown – easy. I have, however subsequently realized there is nothing easy about any of this. In the weeks following I have thought very deeply about this decision, and remain conflicted and saddened. After reading and re-reading Dylan Farrow’s statements of a few days ago and going back and reading the older ones – I see, not only how complicated this matter is, but that my actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed. That is not something that sits easily with me in the current or indeed any moment, and I am profoundly sorry. I regret this decision and wouldn’t make the same one today. It’s a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation but I’ve donated my wage to @timesup. I’ve also signed up, will continue to donate, and look forward to working with and being part of this positive movement towards change not just in Hollywood but hopefully everywhere. #timesup
On the day the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund was announced, Gomez also took to social media to express support. “It’s time to shift the balance in the workplace, from representing the few to representing us all,” she wrote.