Debra Winger says #MeToo has gone 'ridiculously too far in some ways'

Actress Debra Winger says the #MeToo movement has gone ‘ridiculously too far in some ways’ as she claims she was handed weight loss pills on the set of An Officer and a Gentleman

  • Terms of Endearment star Debra Winger, 66, speaks out on #MeToo
  • The actress says the movement has gone ‘ridiculously too far in some ways’
  • Shared she was encouraged to lose weight on An Officer and a Gentleman

Terms of Endearment star Debra Winger has said the #MeToo movement has ‘gone ridiculously too far in some ways’. 

The American actress, 66, who famously quit Hollywood after scoring three Oscar nominations in the ’80s and ’90s, said she did not feel the situation had ‘settled’ yet following the upheaval in the film industry. 

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Winger also told how she was encouraged to take water retention tablets to lose weight on the set of An Officer and a Gentleman because she looked ‘puffy’.

Terms of Endearment star Debra Winger has said the #MeToo movement has ‘gone ridiculously too far in some ways’. Pictured, at an event in New York in January 2020

Winger told how she was encouraged to take water retention tablets to lose weight on the set of An Officer and a Gentleman because she looked ‘puffy’. Pictured, with co-star Richard Gere

The actress, who is appearing in Apple TV+ series Mr Corman alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt, said she views the #MeToo movement at least partly through the eyes of her three grown-up sons. 

‘I don’t feel like it’s settled yet. [The industry] is still in upheaval,’ she said. ‘The plates are shifting. In some ways, it’s pulled ridiculously too far. 

‘Part of it is that I’m the mother of three young white males, so I’m looking at things that they’re experiencing, and things that my girlfriends of all different backgrounds are experiencing [and] it hasn’t quite found its steady point yet where there’s room for everybody.’

She added: ‘I’m a bad one to ask. I always found my way. Is that privilege? It didn’t feel like it at the time, because I felt like I was in very abusive situations, but it was my responsibility to buck up, get strong.’ 

An Officer and a Gentleman won the actress an Oscar nomination in 1983. It was followed up the following year with a nominated for Terms of Endearment (pictured, with Shirley Maclaine)

Debra Winger (left) and Lynda Carter in 1975 film Wonder Woman. Winger took a step back from acting in the early 1990s because the scripts were not compelling enough

Winger told how one day on the set of An Officer and a Gentleman a crew member came to her trailer and handed over pills she was to take to lose weight but that she handed them back because it sounded ‘ridiculous’.  

The film won the actress an Oscar nomination in 1983. It was followed up the following year with a nominated for Terms of Endearment. 

Her third came for 1993’s Shadowlands, opposite Anthony Hopkins.   

Winger is well known for her comments on her fellow actors and she famously said Richard Gere was ‘like a brick wall’. 

The actress is appearing in Apple TV+ series Mr Corman alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt

She made it known that she couldn’t stand another co-star, John Malkovich, with whom she made The Sheltering Sky in 1990, calling him nothing more than a ‘catwalk model’.

The star has previously said she quit the industry because she was busy raising a family and didn’t find the script she was being sent ‘compelling’. 

In recent years Winger has appeared in films including Rachel Getting Married. 

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