Holliday Grainger has discussed her own experiences with the #Metoo movement, as well as opposition to author JK Rowling’s controversial transvisions.
Speak with The independent the actress, 33, soon to return for the fifth season of Strike, which is based on the novels by the creator of Harry Potter, admitted she was “too chicken” to discuss her own experiences of sexual harassment.
“People always ask me to comment on the JK Rowling stuff, but I’ve never been asked a question about people I was really afraid of being asked. [high profile sexual harassment]’.
Speaking: Holliday Grainger has discussed her own experiences with the #Metoo movement, as well as opposition to author JK Rowling’s controversial transvisions
Adding: ‘I really respected everyone who came forward with their own experiences, because it wouldn’t have made an impact if not everyone had done that. But I’m too p***yf***ing chickens*** to do it’.
Moving on with JK Rowling Holliday, who plays Robin Ellacott on the series, said she didn’t realize how much controversy the writer’s trans comments had caused.
The creator of Harry Potter has been repeatedly accused of transphobia for her alleged defense of women’s rights, with actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson all condemning the novelist’s views.
And in a 2020 interview, Holliday found herself making headlines when she was accused of meddling in the debate.
Drama: Harry Potter creator has been repeatedly accused of transphobia for her alleged defense of women’s rights
“I think the headline before that was like ‘actors join in’ and well, we didn’t really participate, did we? We were told to prepare something because we were told we would be asked and we were told we’d better answer.”
It comes after the acclaimed author recently said she wasn’t turned down for the recent Harry Potter reunion show because of her controversial views on people — but turned down an invitation instead.
The Return To Hogwarts reunion was released on January 1, but there was no place for Ms. Rowling apart from old archive footage.
Her appearance on the 20th anniversary show was widely speculated about following her statements about the rights of women and transgender people, which she accused of being “transphobic,” but no statement from the author provided clarity at the time.
Back for more: Holiday returns for Strike’s fifth season, starring alongside actor Tom Burke (left)
She’s spoken out about the cancellation culture in the past, claiming she’s been “cancelled” by younger generations, but in a rare interview today, she said she “didn’t want to be a part of it.”
Speaking to Graham Norton on Virgin Radio, the 57-year-old said: “I was asked to be there and I decided I didn’t want to be a part of it.
“It was about the movies, not the books, rightly so. That’s what the anniversary was about.
Emma Watson (left) and Rupert Grint (right) share a heartwarming moment at the film reunion
‘So nobody said don’t do it’ [do it]… I was asked to do it and I decided not to.’
She clarified that she was not advised against appearing, explaining that it was her own decision, following fan speculation about her absence.
An archive recording from the reunion showed the author signing for the first book, while Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid, also praised JK for helping people regain a love for books during the rise of Potter mania.
The only footage from the author that speaks for herself and isn’t discussed is an excerpt from a 2019 interview that has been repeatedly aired in series.
Friends? Daniel Radcliffe, JK Rowling, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint at the 2011 world premiere of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The actor who played the titular wizard was one of the first stars to criticize JK’s comments, saying in a 2020 statement: “Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people.”
The actress best known for playing Hermione Granger in the iconic franchise tweeted in June 2020: “Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t.” who they say they are’
Emma then appeared to take another swipe at Rowling at the BAFTAs last month, in response to host Rebel Wilson’s joke: “She calls herself a feminist, but we all know she’s a witch,” by saying, “I am here for ALL the witches!’
The Ron Weasley actor was the last of the three core stars of the film series to speak out against Rowling’s comments, making a statement that read: “I stand firmly behind the trans community and echo the sentiments expressed by many of my peers.” ‘.
The Luna Leeflang star showed her support for the transgender community in a statement, writing on Twitter: ‘I will not help further marginalize trans women and men’
The star of the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts said in a statement: “As someone who has worked with both JK Rowling and members of the trans community, I absolutely wanted to make it clear where I stand. I disagree with Jo’s comments
The Ginny Weasley actress shared her own Twitter response in the wake of the basklash at Rowling’s words, saying: “If Harry Potter was a source of love and connection to you, then that love is infinite and there to be taken without judgment or question. Trans women are women. I see and love you’
The actress, who played Hermione Granger in the original West End production of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, shared a list of transgender activists before tweeting, “When I honor mine, and the trans friends in my life. I will defer to THEIR LIVE EXPERIENCES, not their erasure’
The Percy Weasley actor shared on Twitter: “My beautiful, brave, strong, trans friends and the home of #ChrisNess family. We love you. I can’t say it enough’
The Cho Chang star put the spotlight on black trans women and tweeted a thread to donate money to the trans community and Black Lives Matter movement
The American Harry Potter editor shared a direct comment under Rowling’s controversial tweets, writing: “Once a person transitions to have their physical body reflect their gender identity, then the ‘sex’ they express is real. Trans women ARE real women, in their heads and in their bodies’
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