'I've always been here': Mira Sorvino on returning to the big screen in Stuber

Mira Sorvino's latest project is a buddy-cop comedy called Stuber. She talks about the film and how she feels about returning to the big screen after allegedly being blacklisted in Hollywood.
Mira Sorvino attends Time's Up during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios on April 28, 2018 in New York City. (Getty Images)

In 1996, Mira Sorvino won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in Mighty Aphrodite. To this day, she's one of only a few actors who have won an Academy Award for a comedic role.

Back then, it seemed like Sorvino was positioned for superstardom. The year after her big win, she starred opposite Lisa Kudrow in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, which remains a massive cult classic — but behind the scenes, offers for roles in big studio movies were starting to dry up.

Fast forward to October 2017, when Sorvino became one of the first people to publicly allege that Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed her in 1995 and later blacklisted her from Hollywood. Weinstein denies the allegations of sexual harassment as well as the allegations that he attempted to damage her career.

"It was a robbery," said Sorvino. "It was a robbery of my potential and my youthful years in cinema. My chance to make more incredible movies that might have hit more audience members — that was taken from me, as well as the economic security that would have come from continuing to do that level of film. And that was kind of a hard thing to bear."

Since then, Sorvino has been one of the leaders and most vocal supporters of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Now, she's back on the big screen with a new buddy-cop comedy called Stuber.

Sorvino joined q's Tom Power to talk about the film and whether or not she feels this is her comeback. "That's for other people to decide," she said. "I've always been here."

Stuber opens in theatres today.

Click 'listen' near the top of this page to hear the full conversation with Mira Sorvino.

— Produced by Cora Nijhawan

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