Director Joss Whedon has addressed claims of his insulting conduct for the first time in a new discussion, rejecting any misconduct.
“If I am upsetting somebody, it will be a problem for me,”
Whedon, 57, told New York Magazine of his thinking rationally as to why gloom-ridden interpretations of his behavior on the sets of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and its spinoff “Angel” weren’t fully truthful and his purpose not spiteful.
“I don’t believe that,” he added, shaking his head, in reaction to a costume designer’s claim that he’d seized her arm.
“I know I would get angry, but I was never physical with people.”
He as well contradicted an assertion from a
“high-level member of the ‘Buffy’ production team”
that he allegedly once made out with an actress on the floor of an office.
“That seems false. I don’t understand that story even a little bit,”
he said, prior to removing his glasses, rubbing his face, telling the reporter he want to go to the bathroom and then, upon his return, further describing that it didn’t make sense because he “lived in terror” of his affairs being found out.
Those affairs, nevertheless, he did at least acknowledged to having happened and regretting. Whedon was married to Kai Cole from 1995 to 2016. Cole blamed her ex-husband of having had “multiple affairs” with his young female ingenues in a scathing letter she published in 2017.
“I feel f–king terrible about them,”
he said, adding that such affairs with a director mess “up the power dynamic.” He protected his resolution to have them at the time, however, noting that he felt he “had” to sleep with beautiful young women he was encircled by and was “powerless” to endure.
The reporter laughed in reaction to the remark, to which Whedon rejoined:
“I’m not actually joking.”
“He had been surrounded by beautiful young women — the sort of women who had ignored him when he was younger — and he feared if he didn’t have sex with them, he would ‘always regret it,’”
New York Magazine reported.
“Looking back, he feels shame and ‘horror,’ he said.”
Representatives for Whedon did not return The Post’s appeal for further remark.
Trouble began for Whedon last February when “Buffy” actress Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase, and at that time Michelle Trachtenberg — who played Sarah Michelle Gellar’s younger sister, Dawn Summers — came out with shocking claims of so-called insultive behavior.
“Joss Whedon abused his power on numerous occasions while working on the sets of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Angel,’”
Carpenter, 51, asserted at the time.
“While he found his misconduct amusing, it only served to intensify my performance anxiety, disempower me, and alienate me from my peers. The disturbing incidents triggered a chronic physical condition from which I still suffer. It is with a beating, heavy heart that I say I coped in isolation and, at times, destructively.”
“I was not mannerly,”
Whedon told New York Magazine of Carpenter’s claims.
“Most of my experiences with Charisma were delightful and charming. She struggled sometimes with her lines, but nobody could hit a punch line harder than her.”
Trachtenberg, for now, came out to say there “was a rule” that Whedon was
“not allowed in a room alone with”
the now-35-year-old actress, who was 15 at the time she excelled in the show.
Both David Boreanaz and Sarah Michelle Gellar stood in concord with their co-stars.
“While I am proud to have my name associated with Buffy Summers, I don’t want to be forever associated with the name Joss Whedon,”
Gellar, 44, wrote.
“I stand with all survivors of abuse and am proud of them for speaking out.”
Somewhere else in the lengthy New York Magazine article, Whedon as well contradicted claims made by “Justice League” stars Ray Fisher and Gal Gadot. The director said Fisher, 34, is a “bad actor” and chalked 36-year-old Gadot’s issues up to a communication issue.
“English is not her first language, and I tend to be annoyingly flowery in my speech.”
Whedon told the magazine that he feels as though he’s accurately work out with any errors he made and now is merely continuing to face an assault of unfounded abuse at the hands of the public.
“I think I’m one of the nicer show runners that’s ever been,”
he said, clarifying that he was done worrying and had accepted people are simplifying using
“every weaponize word of the modern era to make it seem like I was an abusive monster.”