Actress Tells Interviewer To F Off


[BlindGossip] This actress on an acclaimed television show had a pre-Emmy photo shoot and interview scheduled with a magazine last week. In general, when a journalist conducts an interview for a magazine, it’s a puff piece, and things go pretty smoothly. If the actress doesn’t like a question, the publicist usually intervenes, the matter is settled amicably, and the interview continues. Not in this case.

The journalist began to probe some areas of the actress’ life outside of her current project. More specifically, she asked the actress to address a Blind Gossip item that implied that the actress may have been awarded some roles for talents having to do with something other than acting. Uh-oh. The stunned actress glared at the journalist, and then sarcastically replied, “Sure. Right after you tell me which guys you slept with to get your job. Then we can compare.”

The journalist then asked if the actress was going to be deposed in a legal proceeding against an entertainment executive who was allegedly fired over inappropriate relationships with some of the talent – our actress included.

The agitated actress leapt out of her chair and started screaming at both the journalist and the publicist. “This is bullsh*t! I’m sick of these f*cking rumors!” The publicist was unable to calm her down, and the argument escalated, with everyone pointing fingers and screaming at each other. The entire crew stood around uncomfortably, not knowing what to do. The actress couldn’t care less that she had a big audience.

“F*ck off! All of you!” she finally screamed, and stormed out of the room.

After a few phone calls by her publicist and a twenty-minute walk to cool down, the actress returned. To her credit, she did walk up to each photographer, stylist, and crew member, and apologize for her behavior. A new journalist was brought in, and the interview and photo shoot continued.

Oh, and about that fired entertainment executive: We’ll leave it up to you to figure out who he is, and which role our actress received after allegedly sleeping with him.

gretchen mol 3SOLVED!

It’s Gretchen Mol! Source:

This drama all went down on the set of Boardwalk Empire last year, right in front of the entire crew!

Since it is the celebrity that is the focus of this story, we’ll decline to name the magazine. The magazine is a big name, though, and it shouldn’t be hard to figure out which one it is.

However, the executive that the journalist was asking about was Steve McPherson of ABC. He was an executive at ABC at the time that Gretchen Mol was cast on “Life on Mars”. There is a separate blind item (TV Exec Fired Over Casting Couch) that we are concurrently solving that discusses him and his situation.

For those of you who don’t know, Gretchen Mol came to prominence in 1998 when she was an unknown actress featured on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine as the “It Girl of the Nineties”. There was talk at the time that she landed both the title and the cover because she was allegedly in a relationship with alleged p*ssy hound Harvey Weinstein at the alleged time, and Weinstein allegedly asked Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter to put Mol on the cover. Allegedly. (Try to sue us over that sentence, Harvey!)

Those  stories about her and Weinstein and other men in power in the entertainment industry have followed Mol her around for years. Of course, she would rather be known for her acting. She is married and has two young children, she has been in more than 30 feature films, she did a stint on Broadway last year in “The Good Mother”, and she is in a regular role on an acclaimed television series.  If she could figure out a way to deal more gracefully with her past, she is more likely to continue to be a working actress for many years to come. A good starting point might be to stop screaming at journalists to “F*ck off!” any time they ask her about her relationships with people in the industry.

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86 comments to Actress Tells Interviewer To F Off

  • immom

    naya rivera from glee?

  • CatGrant

    January Jones?

  • melmac

    January Jones

  • elizabethakexandra

    Gretchen Mol – Boardwalk Empire
    “Tv Exec Fired Over Casting Couch”

  • smile83

    no idea who it is, but this one is great gossip. someone blonde and young, but i don’t have idea.


    Gretchen Mol from Boardwalk Empire the exec is someone from HBO

  • dee123

    Gretchen Mol from Boardwalk Empire.

  • next please

    Kate Winslet/Mildred Pierce

  • rayodeplata

    I dunno, was Blake Lively at the Emmys?

  • pookie

    I would think this was a nominee – Kathy Bates? Maybe he likes the curvy ladies. LOL

  • TheDementedChef

    Wasn’t there an executive from ABC who was fired for sleeping with actresses? The actress could be anybody. Maybe a Desperate Housewife?

  • malkatz

    I’m thinking January Jones.

  • GoesInCircles

    I want to say January Jones but since she just had a baby I don’t know.

  • fozzie

    Gretchen Mol. Don’t know who the fired entertainment executive is.

  • lindseyann

    The line “it’s a puff piece,” stands out to me for some reason. I can’t come up with anything it could possibly mean if it were a clue. :\

    Anyone have any ideas over a fired entertainment executive? I can’t find any stories regarding an executive getting fired.

    • GingerNaps

      If it is referring to Steve McPherson and Gretchen Mol, apparently she is a smoker (puff?). Her face also looks puffy to me from Botox, but that would apply to most actresses.

    • shoop1

      I wonder if that’s a “Mad Men” clue (all the smoking), thus pointing to January Jones?

  • wykkyd

    Gretchen Mol/Mark Wahlberg/Boardwalk Empire

    I’m guessing Mark had to pay wifey to show up to the Emmys with him.

  • ClueMeIn

    Whoa. I need a minute to take that all in.

  • lovebug

    gretchen mol

  • anglonoir

    Gretchen Mol

  • acerbicnymph

    Gretchen Mol

  • Montana

    Gretchen Mol.

  • socal84

    Based off another post on here a few months back, I’m going to say Gretchen Mol and Steve McPherson. The blind was from another site but reposted here and these two were the top guesses. Makes sense! Maybe if these girls weren’t such * then they wouldn’t have to run away from interviews. I’m sorry, was I supposed to be sympathetic? Whoops.

  • FenPhen

    All the clues point to Betty White.

  • Sea Turtle

    Gretchen Mol in Boardwalk Empire…it says acclaimed television show, not acclaimed actress.

  • EaterOfWorlds

    Gretchen Mol has been rumored to sleep with people for roles. She’s on Boardwalk Empire which is up for a lot of awards, but I don’t know if television here includes cable as it’s on HBO.

  • TheDementedChef

    Young, blonde? I was going to say Blake Lively, but I don’t think Gossip Girl is “an acclaimed television show”. Is it?

    • amagod121

      My guess too. And isn’t it an acclaimed tv show?

      And while I think the journalist brought up some fascinating points (I never read puff stories) I don’t think it was particularly kosher of him/her to do so. Still. It would have been fun to see the lively Miss Lively do the tantrum dance, if it was, indeed, she.

  • FenPhen

    I was just kidding about Betty White… it’s everyone’s favorite pick for casting couch slore, Gretchen Mol. Current acclaimed show is Boardwalk Empire. Note the blind says “awarded some roles” for sleeping with the right people, nothing about her current role.

    The exec is Steven McPherson, formerly of ABC.

    Here is the link to the original Blind Gossip item last summer:

    Here is the link to the Hollywood Reporter story about McPherson being fired for sexual harassment claims:

    Blinds like these and the Will and Jada one and the psycho Halle Berry ones make me think that BG works for a publicist/agent.

  • Mermaid

    Gretchen Mol for the actress. She yelled she was sick of “all the …rumours” implying more than just one rumour. And there are a ton of rumours about Gretchen Mol sleeping her way to roles. She even has her own rumour web site which painstakingly classifies all Gretchen Mol rumours. Any exec fired from Boardwalk Empire recently?

  • Fernie

    Emmy Rossum? I have no idea.

    I’m on board with it being someone from ABC…not sure who though.

  • lovegal

    Kaley cuoco? She’s the only person I can think of who would come back and apologize.

  • jacqueline

    Gretchen Mol, show being Boardwalk Empire?

  • mrkitty

    That one from dexter?

  • moggle

    I am going to guess Gretchen Mol because she is the one everyone guesses for the * stuff! If I was her, I’d freak out reading BG too!

  • ekie66

    Gretchen Mol from Boardwalk Empire.

  • coocoo catchoo

    Gretchen Mol? She’s part of the ensemble cast of Boardwalk Empire, and a huge BV subject for sleeping w/directors and producers for parts. Blonde and young-ish.

  • hotpinkmomma

    The girl from Glee?

  • BitterBlondin

    Hayden Panettiere?

  • iammeme

    G Mol… plenty of rumors to get the ball rolling!

  • pumpkin

    Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire). She had a lot of Emmy photo ops this year.

    Steve McPherson cast her in Life on Mars. He was fired for sexual harassment.

  • shelaur22

    A producer or writer getting fired from an acclaimed series should be easy enough to figure out. Unfortunately Google really only gives me Heroes–a couple of writers were unexpectedly fired back in 2008. The show was nominated for many awards during its time on the air. The actress could be Hayden Panite-whatever. But this blind makes it seem like a series that is currently on the air.

  • betchaaskt

    the picture and the attitude make me think Busy Phillips. she was on the Judd Apatow tv show “Freaks and Geeks” and “Dawson’s Creek,” now “Cougar Town?” I don’t know if that’s acclaimed, but F&G was, if not awarded.

  • redheadwriter

    Gretchen Mol

  • lookiehere

    I actually don’t blame the actress for flipping out. What nervy and rude questions to ask a woman.

  • Blitzed

    This SCREAMS Gretchen Mol.

  • ou812

    Gretchen Mol / Boardwalk Empire. She’s racked up lots of rumors for sleeping her way up. AKA ‘the director’s wife’.
    Not sure about the fired exec.

    • TheDementedChef

      She’s really just sleeping her way to the middle. Sad that she’ll always be known for how she got her roles.

  • Katester

    Gretchen Mol. ABC Executive was for giving her the part on Life on Mars. Currently on Boardwalk Empire.

  • next please

    FenPhen, I picked Kate because she is blonde and wore red to the Emmys, and I would consider an HBO miniseries to be a “show” and it is on television. No where in this blind is our actress referred to as a television actress and our fired exec is an “entertainment” exec, and anything Miss Kate is in would be considered “acclaimed” in my book. Clearly, this rumor is not true and upset our actress to the blowing point. I mean who would suggest that Kate Winslet sleeps around for roles? Kate is razor sharp and I could see her slicing the reporter with the “compare lists” remark. The apologies to all show class, and the final paragraph I read as a solve the RUMOR.

  • leepea

    Gretchen Mol in Boardwalk Empire..I don’t know who the exec is, and no one has been fired on BE but it doesn’t say the exec was from the show anyways.

  • ZigZagZoey

    Not blonde, but I could see Paz De La Icky doing this, except the apologizing part.

  • caren with a k

    Gretchen Mol?

  • Deadman

    Whether this is Gretchen Mol or not, I don’t think she needs to sleep w/somebody to get a part. She was a successful model & has been acting 10+ years w/a lot of credits. I didn’t like LIFE on MARS —- it was a great premise that just turned into a retro-cop show — zzzzzz. But Mol was very good & watchable in it.

    • Katester

      Apparently you don’t know why she was a successful model. She may have used the same tactic there to get covers. She does have a ton of credits, but she was kind of one particular producer’s pet and that’s how she got those credits…. he practically rented her out. In 1998 she came out of “nowhere” but there was a very big name behind that push, because she used the same tactic on him.

  • bedeilas

    Naya Rivera and Heather Morris did an interview for Seventeen Magazine. I’m going with Naya on this one….

  • Outlineboy

    I was just thinking…. why is this a blind? It happened in a public setting with a bunch of people around. This story could very well be reported as so-and-so flipped out, apologized, etc. There’s no reason at all this name couldn’t come out, right? I’m surprised it hasn’t already. Why is it a secret?

  • rhchapin

    Gretchen Mol. She has a bad reputation in Hollywood.

  • apple martini

    Gretchen Mol, with the current big show being “Boardwalk Empire,” the executive being Steve McPherson on ABC and the role she got for sleeping with him was the “Life on Mars” gig.

  • Zippity

    Honestly, I understand why the actress lost it. The interviewer basically called her a * to her face, that generally does not illicit a tame reaction. At least she apologized to those caught in the crossfire.

  • rimbaud

    I’m thinking Gretchen Mol

  • amagod121

    LOL, BG, you certainly stirred the pot big time on this one! Since there have been several blinds with Gretchen as the popular answer, the journalist must have had a field day with all of those pickins!

    Gosh, I’d LOVE to know the journalist who had the nerve to fire those questions off, even though they were out of line.

  • hollyjane

    At first glance, the photo reminded me of Jennifer Aniston. Acclaimed show=friends?

  • chandler02

    Um…If she was innocent of these allegations, I could still see her blowing up and getting mad. They accused her of being a prostitute, who wouldn’t be offended by that?

    • raslebol

      She recognizes one error (Weinstein) after the rest is all rumors ( last year or 2 years ago,she gave an interview with a co-star for the french Premiere mag and they talked in off sexual harrassement and rumors and she said she had some jobs by a producer and since she regulary was harrassed.At a point,she almost did a breakdown then she did 2 movies where everyone praised her professionalism ,she met her husband who didn’t care about the rumours and she even made peace with Weinstein and Ferrara)

  • KathyPacific

    After lurking for, hmm, maybe a couple of years, I registered to comment on this solve. I love BE and that set must be the craziest (or else most sets are crazy and we just don’t know it).

    BE had Paz’s nutjob behavior as suggested by blinds she was the favorite guess for (e.g., the tampon blind) and the evidence of how she behaved when doing any press for the show. Oh, and she was written out.

    Then there was Michael Pitt who was fired, let go, written out, whatever, amid rumors he was drunk, on drugs and/or just plain super difficult to work with. I tend to believe those rumors b/c there were so many of them, and he lost his agent at the same time and has done almost nothing since. Plus the on-screen evidence that he looked like crap in the second season — bloodshot eyes, etc, though that worked for the character’s disintegration too.

    And now we hear that the thankfully still employed Gretchen Mol had this on-set meltdown (and I don’t blame her). So my conclusion is the BE set is a hoppin’ place.

    Thanks and keep the good stuff comin’, Ace! Maybe I’ll actually venture a guess now and then since I’m finally registered. :)