Skins star Kaya Scodelario disclosed on Friday that she was asked to audition naked for a ‘big opportunity’ by a famous director, while feeling ‘scared’ for publicly sharing her experience.
In light of recent allegations that Noel Clarke sexually harassed multiple women – including one lady who claimed he asked her to perform a naked audition – the actress, 29, took to Twitter to reveal a ‘terrifying’ request from an unnamed individual.
Luckily, Kaya’s agent prevented the audition from taking place as she explained online: ‘I had a audition for a job a few years ago.
‘It said, “She just needs to come in. Take her clothes off and that’s all.”
‘I was terrified. Luckily I have an agent who swiftly said there was no way that was going to happen. This was a big movie. A big director. A big “opportunity”’. (sic)
In another tweet, she showed her support for fellow actors who are not protected from sexual harassment in the industry.
She said: ‘MANY MANY young actors do not have the safety net of a caring agent to protect them.
‘They will assume that it is normal for an actresses worth to be measured by the body they have.
‘By the amount of skin they are willing to show. We have been conditioned to believe this.’ (sic)
In an additional Twitter post, she said: ‘Different casting, between me and another actress. Both worked very hard to impress this notoriously difficult director, auditioned multiple times.
‘He emailed our agents “whoever agrees to go nude 1st gets the job.” The movie had no nudity in it. He just wanted 2 see who’d say yes.’ (sic)
Kaya expressed fear over speaking out while applauding other women’s bravery for sharing their sexual harassment experiences.
She said: ‘You know what’s f***ed? I’m going to wake up in the morning with anxiety about tweeting.
‘Despite the fact that I haven’t named names. I’m still going to feel scared.
‘The women who come forward openly are so brave. I ‘am in awe of you all. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.’ (sic)
Kaya’s statements appear in response to news that Kidulthood’s Noel Clarke, 45, was suspended by Bafta after 20 women accused him of sexual harassment, groping and bullying, with the claims levelled against him in The Guardian.
Married Noel, who plays DC Martin Young in Viewpoint, has strongly denied the allegations, with the incidents claimed to have taken place between 2004 and 2019.
He said in a statement to the newspaper: ‘In a 20-year career, I have put inclusivity and diversity at the forefront of my work and never had a complaint made against me.
‘If anyone who has worked with me has ever felt uncomfortable or disrespected, I sincerely apologise. I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing and intend to defend myself against these false allegations.’
The statement from Bafta said: ‘In light of the allegations of serious misconduct regarding Noel Clarke in The Guardian, Bafta has taken the decision to suspend his membership and the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award immediately and until further notice.’
Management and production company 42 M&P said it stopped representing Clarke earlier this month.
A spokesman said: ‘Noel Clarke was a client of 42 M&P until April this year but the company no longer represents him.’
Published on MailOnline.com