Actor Matthew Laurent opened the April 28 episode of his Brotherly Love podcast on a serious note, reflecting on the #MeToo movement and his own experience with sexual harassment in Hollywood.
In the show, co-hosted by his brothers, fellow actors Joey and Andrew Lawrence, the 43-year-old actor recounts his experience refusing to commit to a director involved in a Marvel project, who asked Lawrence to undress in a meeting.
“There have been many times in my life where I’ve been offered a huge role,” Lawrence said on the podcast. “I lost my agency because I went to the hotel room” where, according to the actor, a prominent director “showed up in his dressing gown, asked me to undress, says that he had to get me some Polaroids and said if I did X, Y and Z I would be the next Marvel character.
Lawrence alleges that his agency (which he did not identify by name) ended up firing him because he left the hotel room. A rep for the actor was not immediately available for comment.
Lawrence began working as a child actor at the age of four. Notable credits include playing the son of Robin Williams’ character in the 1993 smash “Mrs. Doubtfire,” long-lost Jack Hunter on the ABC sitcom “Boy Meets World,” and a starring role in the family comedy “Brotherly Love.” , which aired from 1995 to 1997 on the WB network and also featured his siblings, Joey Lawrence and André Laurent.
Matthew Lawrence shared his difficult experience during a larger conversation between the brothers about the #MeToo movement, which he calls a “really good thing”. However, he argues that men have not received the same support as women when it comes to sharing their experiences of sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry.
“In my opinion, not many guys have come out and talked about it in the industry,” Lawrence said. “Now it’s true, that’s probably about a third of what women go through. Men experience this too… I think our society is less ready to hear that the situation is happening with men than it is with women.