Rebecca Romijn addresses why she didn't speak up amid #MeToo allegations against Bryan Singer, Brett Ratner

Rebecca Romijn addresses why she didn’t speak up amid #MeToo allegations against Bryan Singer, Brett Ratner

Rebecca Romijn says she hasn’t spoken out about the misconduct allegations against her two exes X-Men directors, Bryan Singer and Brett Ratner, because others had already done it.

While talking with The independent about his career path and why work there Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is personally special, The Librarians the actress opened up about the controversy surrounding the original X-Men trilogy, distributed by 20th Century Fox, with the first two episodes directed by Singer and the third by Ratner.

While other cast members spoke more explicitly about the chaotic and on-set behavior they witnessed, as well as addressing their feelings about the sexual misconduct allegations against Singer, Romijn remained mostly silent. According to her, it’s because she didn’t feel she needed to “say something else”.

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“Yes, in a way… I didn’t feel the need to say anything. I know the two people I worked with expected it and they got it,” she said. “I’m not going… I don’t need to say anything else.”

During the interview, Romijn also shares his experience with Singer as a director, who in a 2019 piece in The Atlantic was accused by four individuals of sexual misconduct, including a rape charge, with teenage boys. Singer denied all allegations of abuse and misconduct and settled a 2017 lawsuit with Cesar Sanchez-Guzmanwho claimed the director sexually assaulted him in 2002 at a party in Seattle.

After acknowledging that Singer has “had his fair share of things,” Romijn said he was a “fantastic filmmaker” and grapples with how to discuss the more positive associations of his time with him as a filmmaker. He also noted that he was aware that other cast members had confronted Singer about his behavior on set, but he denied being part of the group that spoke to him.

“It was great to watch him work. And you have to decide if you want to try and separate those two things,” she said. “There era drama on set, and I witnessed it and heard a lot about it. And sometimes he didn’t come prepared. But he would show up and, without any preparation, direct the most fantastic scene that he was able to put together because he’s such a good director.

X-Men stars Halle Berry and Alan Cumming have both spoken publicly about their time working with Singer, with Berry pointing to Singer’s “struggles” while also expressing frustration with his professional behavior, which included arriving on set unprepared, if not everything, and create fatigue or difficult shooting environments. Cumming called the director’s behavior “dangerous” and “violent” as she spoke of her experiences with him on the Question Time on white wine podcasts.

Romijn added that ultimately he didn’t “want to throw anyone under the bus,” except for X-Men 3: The Last Stand director Brett Ratner, with whom she says she is “not happy to work with”.

“But it was cancelled,” he continued. “I haven’t talked about anything about #MeToo, because I’ve had two big problems with two directors I’ve worked with — and they’ve both already had theirs, one of which is Brett Ratner.”

More women, including X-Men Prequel franchise actress Olivia Munn has accused the producer and director of sexual assault or harassment. The allegations date back to the 1990s. Natasha Henstridge accused Ratner of forcing her to perform oral sex on him while she — just 19 at the time — was hanging out with him in his New York apartment. Munn claimed that while delivering food to the director in her trailer, he masturbated in front of her. She denied the allegations.

Elsewhere in the interview, Romijn addressed her portrayal of Alexis Meade, Daniel Meade’s trans sister, who ran the imaginary MODE magazine. The actress said if the show ever got a reboot, “I think Alexis should be cast with a trans actress.” And while that’s the “right thing to do now,” Romijn—who said she “really wanted to do that character justice—and make her as sexy as possible”—still feels like she’s moved the needle forward for the trans representation.

“The executives at the time didn’t like the idea of ​​the character,” he recalled. “At that point there was an actual kids club running the show behind the scenes. So, to try and make it palatable to the boys’ club… they picked me. And I jumped at the chance.

“I would never have been cast in that role today, but I feel like it has helped open doors for the trans community. I’d like to think so, though,” she continued. “I don’t want to pat myself on the back too much.”