Ruth Wilson quit The Affair because she 'didn't feel safe'

Dusty Baxter-Wright
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Photo credit: Stephen Lovekin - Getty Images
Photo credit: Stephen Lovekin - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Ruth Wilson has opened up about her 2018 departure from The Affair, admitting it was because she 'didn't feel safe'.

The actress, who starred opposite Dominic West in the drama about two married people having an affair, told Stylist there were "things [that] didn’t feel right, and I dealt with them, and I managed to protect myself."

Up to this point, the 38-year-old actress hasn't spoken out about her abrupt decision to leave the show. "The reason I haven’t gone into The Affair is that I haven’t worked out how to discuss it," Ruth said in the interview. "There’s a lot of noise and anger surrounding it, and really the power rests with me to choose how I discuss my life and my experiences.

Photo credit: Stephen Lovekin - Getty Images
Photo credit: Stephen Lovekin - Getty Images

"What’s important to say is that I did speak up. I did have a voice. I did stand up for myself. There was a situation on The Affair where things didn’t feel right, and I dealt with them, and I managed to protect myself."

She continued: "It was before #MeToo and before Harvey Weinstein – and yet my instincts were very clear and strong about what I felt was wrong, about what was going on, and what I didn’t feel safe about."

Ruth previously said she was "not allowed to talk about why" she left the series. A report from The Hollywood Reporter claimed the decision was down to the "frequency and nature of certain nude scenes", as well as a hostile work environment.

In a response statement released in December 2019, The Affair showrunner Sarah Treem said (via THR):

"I am not a manipulative person, and I've always been a feminist. I did everything I could think of to make [Wilson] feel comfortable with these scenes. I have devoted my entire professional life to writing about and speaking to women's issues, women's causes, women's empowerment and creating strong, complex roles for women in theatre and in Hollywood, on- and offscreen.

"The reason I even created The Affair was to illuminate how the female experience of moving through the world is so different from the male one, it's like speaking a second language. The idea that I would ever cultivate an unsafe environment or harass a woman on one of my shows is utterly ridiculous and lacks a grounding in reality."

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