Minnie Driver spoke about the “devastating” experience of hearing a producer on “Good Will Hunting” say that she “wasn’t sexy enough” for the role she played in the film, you know, the one that earned her an Oscar nomination.
“When a producer, a man or a woman or a non-binary person, reduces an actor to what they perceive as their sexiness, they are so dismissive of that person,” Driver said in an interview with “The Cut” published last week. .
“Being told at 26 that you’re not sexy when maybe single got over all your teenage angst and I started thinking, you know, Maybe with the right light, the right shoes, and the right dress, I’m fine.” was “devastating”, he said.
“I certainly had insecurities growing up,” he explained. “That I was not beautiful. I wasn’t super pretty. The idea that that was the currency that she was then meant to chase, and she was meant to try to find ways to make me prettier. I thank God I didn’t do a lot of things I could have done. … It could have been much more damaging than it was.”
While Hollywood might be in a slightly different place than when the beloved 1997 film hit theaters, Driver said certain things haven’t changed.
“There are still times when people say ‘she’s too old’ or ‘she’s too tall,'” she said.
Driver has spoken about hurtful comments before, while answering a question on “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen in 2016. Cohen asked Driver to name the rudest thing someone has ever said to him.
“The producer of ‘Good Will Hunting’ didn’t think I was good enough to be in that movie and didn’t want me in the movie,” Driver said, sharing that co-stars Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and director Gus Van Sant “He fought very hard for me to play that role and I am grateful to him to this day.”
“Wow, and wasn’t that the role you got the Oscar nomination for?” Cohen asked.
“Yeah, but not because it’s hot,” Driver replied.