Rebecca Ferguson Says ‘Idiot’ Co-Star Screamed at Her and ‘I Would Cry Walking Off Set

Rebecca Ferguson

Dune: Part Two” actress Rebecca Ferguson recently shared a candid revelation during her appearance on the “Reign With Josh Smith” podcast. She opened up about a challenging experience on set where she found herself dealing with an unprofessional co-star.

In her words, Ferguson described the co-star as “an absolute idiot” who displayed signs of insecurity and anger due to difficulties with their scenes. The situation escalated to the point where Ferguson was subjected to being screamed at, leaving her feeling vulnerable and uncomfortable. Reflecting on the ordeal, she recalled instances where she would walk off set in tears.

Despite the adversity, Ferguson displayed resilience by taking a stand for herself. She decided to request scenes where she would only act opposite the back of the actor’s head, a subtle yet impactful way of asserting her boundaries and preserving her peace of mind.

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While Ferguson chose not to divulge the identity of the co-star, her candid recounting of the incident sheds light on the challenges that can arise in the world of filmmaking, where personalities and egos often collide. It serves as a reminder of the importance of professionalism and respect in any collaborative endeavor, emphasizing the need for mutual understanding and empathy on set.

Rebecca Ferguson further detailed the distressing encounters with her co-star, recounting moments where the individual would openly criticize her in front of the entire crew. She described instances where she was belittled with remarks like, “You call yourself an actor? This is what I have to work with?” These demeaning comments left her feeling shattered and vulnerable.

Adding to her anguish was the realization that the co-star held a position of prominence as the number one on the call sheet. This lack of support or protection compounded Ferguson’s sense of isolation, leaving her without a safety net in a demanding and emotionally charged environment.

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Her candid admission underscores the power dynamics that can exist on a film set, where hierarchies and egos can profoundly impact the well-being of those involved. Ferguson’s experience serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of fostering a supportive and respectful atmosphere, where every individual feels valued and protected.

Ferguson bravely asserted herself in the face of adversity, marking it as the first time she spoke up for herself on a film set. Recalling the pivotal moment, she vividly described confronting the actor the following day with unwavering resolve, insisting, “You get off my set. You can F off. I’m gonna work towards a tennis ball. I never want to see you again.”

Despite her courageous stand, Ferguson encountered resistance from the producers, who expressed the need to accommodate the co-star’s presence on set. Undeterred, Ferguson proposed a solution: the co-star could simply turn around, allowing her to act to the back of their head. This compromise, while a testament to Ferguson’s determination, also revealed the underlying fear and apprehension she experienced in confronting the situation.

However, Ferguson’s determination did not waver. She ultimately sought support from the director, bravely addressing the issue head-on. In a moment of validation, the director acknowledged her concerns, admitting, “You’re right. I am not taking care of everyone else. I’m trying to fluff this person because it’s so unstable.”

Ferguson’s journey serves as an inspiring example of resilience and self-advocacy in the face of adversity, highlighting the importance of speaking up for oneself and fostering a supportive and respectful work environment for all involved. Her courage in confronting the situation ultimately led to a resolution that prioritized her well-being and professional integrity.

“It was great from that moment, but it took so long for me to get to that,” Ferguson concluded, reflecting on the journey that led her to assert herself on set.

While Ferguson chose not to disclose the identity of the actor, her remarks sparked conversation on social media. Dwayne Johnson, who shared the screen with Ferguson in 2014’s “Hercules,” expressed his support for her in a heartfelt message.

“Hate seeing this but love seeing her stand up to bullshit,” Johnson wrote on X. “Rebecca was my guardian angel sent from heaven on our set. I love that woman. I’d like to find out who did this.”

For those interested in hearing Ferguson’s full account of the experience, her interview on the “Reign with Josh Smith” podcast can be found in the video below.

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