How Christine Lahti fights harassment


Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor and filmmaker Christine Lahti (of “Chicago Hope” and “The Blacklist”) joins Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams to share moments from her new book, “True Stories From an Unreliable Eyewitness: A Feminist Coming of Age.” This humorous and often heartbreaking assortment of interrelated personal essays chronicles Lahti’s early career as an artist and activist, tracing her life’s journey from her midwestern upbringing, through close brushes with the casting couch, to her still-evolving feminist activism today.

Lahti opens up on “Salon Talks” about the sexism she encountered and often tried to challenge during her career. Despite being told by a casting director early on in her career that the only way she “could ever make it as an actress was to sleep (her) way to the top,” Lahti says she instead became an increasingly active feminist. In the midst of the cultural awakening occurring with the MeToo and Time’s Up movements, Lahti told Salon, “I've been dreaming about this movement my entire adult life.”

Watch the video above to hear about Lahti’s close call with a cereal commercial casting couch and check out the full episode to learn why the decorated actor and feminist is optimistic for the next generation of women. Tune in for SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on Salon, Facebook and Periscope.

More From This Week on SalonTV