By Ray Pride

Emily Watson

“My first film was Breaking the Waves, aged 29, so I went into the film business with a bit of clout. People didn’t mess with me. I wasn’t ever as vulnerable as a novice teenage actress might be – or maybe I just have that vibe. Fierce, I think it’s called. Although you shouldn’t have to be fierce to be safe in your workplace… I was never treated with anything other than respect. I can’t speak for others, though. It’s incredibly brave of people to come forward. But there’s a massive range of allegations, from the clearly criminal to much milder. We can’t put everyone in the same bracket. People still have a right to presumption of innocence and due process. It’s become a rolling media storm but it would be disrespectful to the women who have been brave enough to come forward if it wasn’t treated with the seriousness it deserves.”
~ Emily Watson

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There cannot be a human being who has fewer thoughts on the whole question of word processing than I do. I’ve never even seen a word processor. I am hopelessly archaic. For me the typewriter hasn’t even been invented yet, so how can I speak to this matter? I protest! A man who has never learned to type is not going to be able to add anything to this debate. As far as I’m concerned, computers have as much to do with literature as space travel, perhaps much less. I can only write with a ballpoint pen, with a Rolling Writer, they’re called, a black Rolling Writer on a lined yellow legal pad on a certain kind of clipboard. And then someone else types it.

And someone else edits?

No one edits. I edit. I refuse to be edited.

Do you revise much?

Sometimes, but not often.
~ Harold Bloom

“So, what does it look like when he leaves the show? First, it looks like a ratings spike, and I had a nice chuckle about that. But the truth is, the ink wasn’t even dry on his exit papers before they rushed in a new guy. I was on vacation in Sicily, decompressing — it was a long working relationship and it was a tumultuous end and I needed a moment to just chill with some rosé — and they’re calling me, going, ‘What do you think of this guy?’ ‘What do you think of this guy?’ And they’re sending pictures. I was like, ‘Are you people fucking nuts? Why do you feel that you have to replace this person?’ I couldn’t believe how fast the studio and the network felt like they had to get a penis in there.”
Ellen Pompeo