Blake Lively isn’t keeping her thoughts on sexual harassment to herself.
While promoting her new film, All I See Is You, on Tuesday, the 30-year-old actress and mother of two agreed to address the growing list of women who continue to allege Harvey Weinstein sexual harassed them, first giving an account of her own experience with the movie mogul.
“That was never my experience with Harvey in any way whatsoever, and I think that if people heard these stories … I do believe in humanity enough to think that this wouldn’t have just continued,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I never heard any stories like this—I never heard anything specific—but it’s devastating to hear.”
Though Lively says Weinstein did not sexually harass her, she took the interview as an opportunity to speak up for women. “The No. 1 thing that can happen is that people who share their stories, people have to listen to them and trust them, and people have to take it seriously,” she said.
“As important as it is to remain furious about this, it’s important to also say that this exists everywhere so remember to look everywhere. This isn’t a single incident. This cannot happen, this should not happen, and it happens in every single industry.”
The actress moved on to share first-hand experiences of situations she realized are considered harassment in retrospect.
“I’ve had plenty of things happen to me whether it be trying on a dress for prom at some clothing store, to a director being inappropriate, to a guy walking down the street where you think, ‘oh well, that wasn’t actually sexual assault—this guy, like, grabbed my butt.’”
Her ultimate message? “It’s important that women are furious right now. It’s important that there is an uprising. It’s important that we don’t stand for this and that we don’t focus on one or two or three or four stories, it’s important that we focus on humanity in general and say, ‘This is unacceptable.’”