Academy Award-winning Actress and Human Rights Advocate
Mira Sorvino is an Academy Award-winning actress, documentary filmmaker, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, silence breaker and passionate voice of the #MeToo movement, and lifelong champion of victims of social injustice. Raised in a family of activists, her social conscience was ignited by her mother’s participation in the march on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It served as a catalyst for her own social activism and a lifetime of serving others.
Her first acting role was in a small independent film called Amongst Friends, which she associate produced. Some of her early features include Robert Redford’s Quiz Show, Spike Lee’s Summer of Sam, At First Sight with Val Kilmer and David Mirkin’s Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion co-starring Lisa Kudrow. For the latter, as well as for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in Tim Fywell’s Norma Jean and Marilyn, Sorvino earned Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. Her breakout role was in Woody Allen’s 1995 film, Mighty Aphrodite, which won her an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and Critics Choice for Best Supporting Actress. In her Oscar speech, she credited her father, veteran actor Paul Sorvino for her love of acting.
Sorvino was at the vanguard of the #MeToo movement as one of the earliest and most prominent women to speak out against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Her highly public sharing of her experiences helped to break years of silence, spurring a total of 90 accusers to come forward. Alongside Tarana Burke, she has become one of the most passionate and articulate voices of the #MeToo movement. Sorvino is in conversations with Anita Hill, the landmark plaintiff on sexual harassment and in talks with Amy Ziering, director of the groundbreaking documentary, “The Hunting” ground on campus assault about collaborating on a documentary on the sexual harassment pandemic.
#MeToo: From Weinstein to Worldwide Advocacy
“At the time I don’t think I even knew that what happened — him using business-related situations to try and press himself sexually on a young woman in his employ — qualified as sexual harassment. But as a woman who routinely advocates for women and girls who have been victimized in my role as Goodwill Ambassador with the United Nations, and as a mother of two daughters, I could no longer remain silent.” With these words, Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino recounted her personal experiences with Harvey Weinstein in TIME magazine. As one of the earliest and most prominent women in Hollywood to confront Weinstein’s years of predation, Sorvino helped empower a cascade of 90 silence breakers to come forward. Now one of the most passionate and articulate voices in the #MeToo movement, alongside Tarana Burke, Sorvino fights to balance the playing field so that women and girls may pursue their goals without fear of sexual harassment in a true meritocracy, not a quid pro quo antiquated system. Her highly positive and solutions-based talk does not dwell long on the horrors of victimization. Linking #MeToo to the larger struggle of women worldwide and her longtime work fighting human trafficking, Sorvino shares what all men and women can do to end sexual harassment and patriarchal predation. Her inspiring point of view empowers all of us to stand up, speak out and forever end this ages-old injustice against women and girls.