No one is safe from sexual harassment, not even men. Celebrities, especially women, are almost always subjected to many forms of these harassments and it can be absolutely traumatising. Some came forward to share their stories while others are too scared for their safety. Actress Julia Marin recently shared her own story of how she was sexually harassed by someone in the industry.
Julia recently appeared on the Studio Sembang podcast with host and fellow actress Amelia Henderson where they mainly talked about alternative healing. The main topic of conversation for this episode mainly focused on mental health awareness and how to better manage one’s mental health but the host also brought up the topic of sexual harassment and asked Julia if she was willing to share her experience.
The 28-year-old revealed that it happened during a time when she was still new in the industry. She was called for a casting audition by a well-known producer and director. After finishing her work for the day, she went to meet with them alone around 8pm. The “Langsuir” star felt something was off after noticing the room was empty and when the casting manager locked the door behind them, but brushed it aside to avoid being paranoid.
As she was about to leave after doing her audition, the director asked her to “audition” for a seductive role. Confused, the actress did as she was told by doing a monologue while keeping her distance. According to Julia, the well-known director apparently instructed her to seduce him for the role. Terrified, she tried to remain calm while thinking of a way to escape.
“I started to feel a lot of fear in my body but if I do anything unpredictable or I start running, who knows what would happen,” she said. Thankfully the celeb was not physically harassed but revealed that the director continued to sexually harass her verbally. She managed to leave the room by tricking them to believe she was in a rush to go home. Traumatised, the actress has never gone to an audition alone since the incident.
The trained psychologist shared that it took her some time to heal from the trauma as she had believed every male in the industry were going to take advantage of her. Both Julia and Amelia revealed that these things are unfortunately common in the entertainment industry and that they sympathised with both female and male victims of these harassments.
Throughout her story, Julia did not name any names but reassured everyone that she’s doing a lot better now mentally and will continue to advocate for mental health awareness. Watch the full story here (from 39:14):