Minnie Driver recalls ‘terrifying’ moment cop drew gun on her over fake blood misunderstanding
Minnie Driver has recalled the frightening moment a police officer pulled a gun on her while driving home from a film set covered in fake blood.
The Good Will Hunting star, 53, was left "terrified" when a cop stopped her during the traffic stop in a remote part of California after she’d left a film set with her gory make-up still in place.
Speaking to the Guardian about the misunderstanding, the actress shared: "I’d been shooting in a remote part of California, and I was speeding home at 5am, covered in fake blood, when I got stopped by the police.
"The cop was suspicious and said: ‘What have you been doing?’ I said: ‘I’ve been shooting’, and he drew his gun.
“I have never been so terrified. I said: ‘No no, I’ve been shooting a film - I’m an actress!’"
Last year, Driver opened up about the difficulties facing older actresses in Hollywood - explaining how difficult it is to compete with up and coming stars.
During an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show, she said: "I don’t think the acting is hard to survive. I think getting old and being a known quantity where youth and newness is valued and favoured over oldness and a known quantity.
"It’s very different now - it feels like a very different time for people who do what I do if you’re a woman."
Her comments came after she accused Hollywood of moving at a “glacial pace” over sexism.
At the How to Academy event at Conway Hall in May, she said: “Even if you present your argument politely, you can be saddled with being called ‘difficult’,” she said, noticing “the same eye roll when young women ask for certain things”.
The actor also defended women being given more opportunities, even if they are “shoehorned in”.
She continued: “Someone said to me the other day, ‘Have you got any female directors?’ and I said, ‘Don’t you mean anyone good?’ They said, ‘No, they just need to be a woman’.”
“The more female film makers there are, the more female narratives [there are].”