Sean Young told the Daily Beast that she feels a few of Hollywood’s most influential male filmmakers, including Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, and Warren Beatty, ruined her career by labeling her “difficult” and excluding her from key parts.
The 61-year-old actress, who has appeared in films such as Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and Steven Spielberg’s Dune, was questioned by The Daily Beast on Monday about an interview she had with the late Carl Reiner, in which he claimed that well-known directors had ruined her career by labeling her difficult to work with.
Young elaborated: “Warren Beatty was definitely one of them. Steven Spielberg was another.”
When asked if Beatty was “the worst of the bunch,” Young replied, “No… I think the sleazy or difficult part is that he probably thought he was treating me really well. You know what I’m saying? It’s not just Warren — it’s across the board. Ever since the movie business began, women have been treated as a commodity. There was always someone grabbing you, and I just ignored it. I mean, have you taken a look at Harvey Weinstein? How the f-ck is he gonna get laid unless he has power? Never.”
Young believes that her straightforward attitude made her appear ‘offensive’ unintentionally.
She added, ‘I only got offensive later because I started getting pissed off, like, “This is serious. This is my career. You don’t just blacklist me.” It’s terrible.’
James Woods brought a harassment complaint against Young after co-starring with her in “The Boost” in 1988, which she eventually won. When questioned why she was so vengeful, Woods explained that she had learnt that a sensible person can never understand an irrational person.
“I couldn’t wrap my head around it,” Young said. “It was so nutty and stupid, and a waste not only of my time but not good for himself. Why take all the attention off this movie and put it on this?”
Young is questioned about her experience working with Ridley Scott on “Blade Runner” and the sources of her character’s forceful love scene with Harrison Ford later in the interview. She said: “Well, honestly, Ridley wanted me to date him. He tried very hard in the beginning of the show to date him, and I never would. I was like, nah. And then he started dating the actress who played Zhora, Joanna Cassidy, and I felt relieved.”
She said: “And then we do this scene, and I think it was Ridley. I think Ridley was like, ‘F— you.’ I was thinking, ‘Why did this have to be like that? What was the point of that?’ and I think it was Ridley’s none-too-subtle message that he was getting even with me.”
Young revealed that the bad sentiments persisted during the production of Blade Runner 2049, in which she reprised her role as Rachael in a 30-second holographic appearance.
‘Wasn’t that so full of s***? And there was nothing I could do about it,’ she said. ‘It was very clear that they knew that the audience would be upset that I wasn’t in it, but they didn’t want me to b**** about that publicly.’
‘So, they paid me some money, made me sign a non-disclosure agreement and gave me 30 seconds. And I was like, fine.’
Young went on to add that when she approached Steven Spielberg about not getting the role of Marion Ravenwood in “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” which she had auditioned for, she unwittingly angered him.
“I saw him at a New Year’s Eve party that Jerry Belson had up by the Mulholland area, and Steven was there. I said to him, ‘You misled me! I thought I was going to get the part.’ And this really offended him,” she added.
“He was all, ‘I did not mislead you! I did not!’ I was like, ‘Whoa, calm down. I didn’t mean it like you were a bad guy or anything, I just really thought I was going to get the part. You flew me back to California twice.’ Very sensitive. And you have to remember, he did that to Bill Hurt. Steven wanted Bill in ‘Jurassic Park,’ and Bill didn’t want to do it, and that was not what he wanted to hear. Steven has enough power to cancel you. He canceled Megan Fox.”