Jesse Williams has spoken out concerning the leak of a nude scene from his Broadway revival of Take Me Out, saying that he’s “not down” about it.
“Our job is to go on the market each night time, it doesn’t matter what…I’m not likely worrying about it. I can’t sweat that,” Williams instructed The Related Press on Thursday at their occasion, Tony Awards: Meet The Nominees.
The actor added that actors “do have to preserve advocating” for themselves, and that it’s been “fantastic” to see his neighborhood “push again” and be clear in regards to the sorts of habits it received’t stand for. “Consent is vital, I believed,” he stated. “So, let’s preserve that in thoughts universally.”
Williams added that whereas “theater is a sacred house,” not everybody understands that. “All people doesn’t essentially respect or regard that in a method that possibly they need to, or we’d like,” he continued.
Within the play by Richard Greenberg, Williams performs Darren Lemming, a professional baseball participant who struggles after popping out as homosexual. His efficiency not too long ago netted him a Tony Award nomination for Finest Efficiency by an Actor in a Featured Function in a Play, alongside co-stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Michael Oberholtzer, with the manufacturing additionally touchdown a nom for Finest Revival.
When video and photographs of Williams’ Take Me Out nude scene had been leaked on-line, the present’s venue, Second Stage Theater, responded by calling the transfer “extremely objectionable” and noting that it might result in “extreme authorized penalties,” additionally sharing that will probably be bringing in “extra employees” to make sure that a such a breach by no means occurs once more. (The theater already had a way rather than locking up telephones throughout reveals, which the leaker managed to circumnavigate.)
Additionally responding to the leak was the the President of the Actors’ Fairness Affiliation, Kate Shindle, who known as it “each sexual harassment and an appalling breach of consent.”