Matthew Lawrence Shares Dark Experiences Working In Hollywood
The star of “Boy Meets World” Matthew Lawrence, recently recalled his dark experiences in the Hollywood industry.
During the Friday episode of his “Brotherly Love” podcast which he cohosts with his brothers Joey and Andrew Lawrence, the 43-year-old actor discussed the double standards male actors pass through after coming forward with sexual assaults or allegations.
Mathew shared his first-hand experience while reflecting on the #MeToo movement. According to the “Mrs. Doubtfire” actor, he was once fired by an agency he worked with after he refused to pose nude for a prominent Hollywood director in exchange for a Marvel role.
Matthew Lawrence — How Mathew Lawrence Was Axed By His Then Agency
The actor began the story of his heartbreaking ordeal by saying, “There’s been many times in my life where I’ve been propositioned to get a huge role.”
He went on to narrate how he was sent to an undisclosed hotel to meet with the director and was told by the director to strip, and was offered a Marvel role in exchange.
“I’ve lost my agency because I went to the hotel room — which I can’t believe they would send me to — of a very prominent Oscar award-winning director who showed up in his robe, asked me to take my clothes off, and said he needed to take Polaroids of me.”
He continued, “And then if I did X, Y, and Z, I would be the next Marvel character.” Mathew said his refusal cost him his agency. “I didn’t do that, and my agency fired me because I left this director’s room.”
Mathew went on to say, “It is a real thing, the casting couch. We all know it’s existed… Not a lot of guys have come out and talked about this in the industry.”
Matthew Lawrence — Mathew Used Fellow Actor Terry Crews As An Example
Mathew also acknowledged the fact that women go through this sordid experience more than men, but men most times get their fair share of the experience.
“Granted, it’s probably about a third of what women go through,” Lawrence said, but “men go through this as well, whether its another woman or another man in power.”
He went ahead to cite Terry Crews’ 2017 sexual assault lawsuit case against Hollywood agent Adam Venit.
Where Terry alleged that Venit groped him at a party in 2016, allegations which Venit denied.
Mathew said, “Terry Crews comes out and says it; people are laughing at him. People don’t support him. They kick him out. Why? Because he’s a man that represents masculinity, and I think our society is less ready to hear that situation going on with men than they are with women.”
A settlement between Terry and Venut was reached in 2018, with Venit apologizing to Terry and sharing it on Twitter.
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