Dame Judi Dench has opened up about her working relationship with Harvey Weinstein, revealing she ‘never experienced’ the disgraced director to be anything but ‘charming’ and ‘friendly’ towards her.
The actress, 86, worked with Harvey on several occasions and says she might have been ‘lucky’ to not experience the other side of him.
She told the Guardian: ‘I worked a lot for Harvey, a huge amount. And he was always completely charming.
‘Perhaps I was lucky, but that’s all I know. I feel very acutely for the people who weren’t so lucky.’
Dame Judi added that she never experienced anything ‘untoward’ about him during their time working together.
When asked if she misjudged him, she added: ‘Misjudged him? I don’t know that. He was a friend.
‘He was a perfectly polite and funny and friendly person. I never experienced Harvey in any other way than that.
‘I knew nothing untoward about him at all. And nor was I warned. So of course I can judge him. But I never experienced that other side of him at all.’
Harvey is current; serving a 23-year sentence in prison after being found guilty of rape and sexual abuse.
Skyfall actress Dame Judi, who has macular degeneration, also discussed which roles she would turn down, admitting: ‘Probably an 86-year-old woman who’s not able to see. I’m not going to play that part, thanks.
‘But I get put in a bracket. “Oh, would you like to play this person who’s sitting in a care home and she’s in love with a bird? And then she gets upset because, I don’t know, something happens to the bird.”’
She also revealed she hates being called a ‘national treasure’ as it sounds ‘dreary’: ‘For one thing, it’s a terrible label. So dusty, so dreary.
‘For another, it relegates me to being an 86-year-old woman. Whereas in my mind’s eye I’m 6ft and willowy and about 39.
‘Do you know what it’s like? It’s like they’ve picked me up and put me inside a little glass-fronted cabinet. Then they’ve locked the door so I can’t get out.’