An online debate about relationships between people with age differences snowballed into something much bigger for actress Amber Tamblyn, leading to a new op-ed piece in the New York TImes.
The essay follows up James Woods’ response to comments Tamblyn made on Twitter after Armie Hammer, 31, noted it was somewhat hypocritical of conservative actor Woods, 70, to conflate the gay romance between his 24-year-old character and a 17-year-old played by Timothée Chalamet in the upcoming movie Call Me by Your Name to NAMBLA (North-American Man-Boy Love Association).
“Didn’t you date a 19-year-old when you were 60?” Hammer asked Woods.
The incident brought back a memory for Tamblyn, now 34 and married to Arrested Development star David Cross.
James Woods tried to pick me and my friend up at a restaurant once. He wanted to take us to Vegas. “I’m 16” I said. “Even better” he said.
“In an instant, I was reminded of a memory from when I was 16,” she recalled in her NYT essay, published online Saturday. “Mr. Woods attempted to pick me and a friend up when we were at Mel’s diner in Hollywood, seeing if we wanted to go to Las Vegas with him that very night. I informed him of my age, to which he said, “Even better.” I told this story publicly as a way to back up the claim that Mr. Woods was, indeed, a hypocrite. Mr. Woods called my account a lie.”
Published Wednesday by Teen Vogue, she wrote, “Since you’ve now called me a liar, I will now call you a silencer. I see your gaslight and now will raise you a scorched earth.”
In her NYT piece, she questioned what Woods thought she’d have to gain by sharing her story.
“What would I get out of accusing this person of such an action, almost 20 years after the fact?” she asked incredulously. “Notoriety, power or respect? I am more than confident with my quota of all three. Even then, why would I choose the guy from Scary Movie 2 to help my stature when I’m already married to the other guy from Scary Movie 2?”
It was the final straw for her when it comes to the dilemma women face when deciding whether to report sexual harassment.
“I have been afraid of speaking out or asking things of men in positions of power for years,” she admitted. “What I have experienced as an actress working in a business whose business is to objectify women is frightening. It is the deep end of a pool where I cannot swim. It is a famous man telling you that you are a liar for what you have remembered. For what you must have misremembered, unless you have proof.”
In this case, Tamblyn did have proof, citing her text conversation with the friend from the diner incident.