Susan Sarandon's past sexual assault: Actress remembers 'disgusting' casting couch incident
Susan Sarandon, who famously confronted her character's sister's would-be rapist in the 1991 film "Thelma & Louise," has revealed that in real life, she once underwent an experience all-too familiar to many fledgling actresses - sexual assault during a "casting couch" audition.
"I just went into a room, and a guy practically threw me on the desk," the 66-year-old Oscar winner told ELLE magazine in an interview published in its November 2012 issue," according to EW.com. "It was my early days in New York, and it was really disgusting. It wasn't like I gave it a second though, it was so badly done. It was not successful - for either of us."
The actress did not name names or specify what the audition was for. Sarandon has mentioned a past incident involving unwanted sexual attention before.
"It happened to me when I was quite young," Sarandon told People magazine in 1992. "The first time, I was so stunned, but you get an education. After the second time, you learn how to avoid it."
The actress made her on-screen debut in the 1970 movie "Joe," which was filmed in New York City. She later made her Broadway debut in the satirical play "An Evening With Richard Nixon and..." in 1972 and starred in movies such as "Lady Liberty" and shows such as "Search for Tomorrow" and "Calucci's Department," which were also produced there.
Sarandon, who was born Susan Tomalin, grew up in the city. The actress took on "Princess Bride" actor Chris Sarandon's surname after they wed in 1967. They divorced in 1979.
She and Tim Robbins were together from the mid-1980s to 2009. They have two sons. She also has a daughter from a previous relationship. Currently, Sarandon is dating a younger guy - ping-pong club owner Jonathan Bricklin, who is 35, according to public records.
Sarandon made her breakout role in the 1975 cult film "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," playing sexually curious and naive married woman Janet Weiss. She earned four Oscar nominations - for "Thelma & Louise," "Atlantic City," "Lorenzo's Oil" and "The Client" before she won her first Academy Award in 1996, for the movie "Dead Man Walking."
She is currently promoting her latest project - the film "Cloud Atlas," which also stars Tom Hanks and Halle Berry and is set for release on October 26.