Why Evan Rachel Wood Chose To Bring Activist Amanda Nguyen To The Emmys

"We’re at a crucial time in history right now."

On Monday night, actress Evan Rachel Wood chose to walk the 2018 Emmys red carpet with a very special guest — Nobel Peace Prize nominee Amanda Nguyen, who founded the organization Rise to fight for the rights of sexual assault survivors. 


A rape survivor herself, Nguyen wrote the Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights, which was passed in 2016. She has since fought to implement similar laws on the state level, helping to pass 19 bills in 18 months. Nguyen told A Plus last month that the goal of her movement is "creating a world where sexual violence doesn't exist anymore."

As Nguyen explained to Giuliana Rancic of E! News on Monday's red carpet, she and Wood met at the 2017 Women's March. The actress then joined her to testify about their sexual assault experiences before the House Judiciary Committee earlier this year.

"I think we're at a crucial time in history right now, especially for women, and especially for civil rights. If I have even a little bit of power right now I want to use it for good," Wood said during the interview, adding that she was also wearing an ACLU ribbon to support "the fight to reunite immigrant families that have been separated at the border."

Nguyen thanked Wood for "lending your platform for us to fight for survivors' civil rights."

"Amanda has been such an inspiration to me to get more involved, and showed me that there are things that I can do, and I just have to kind of believe that I can do it," Wood told Entertainment Tonight, adding, "I believe in people, and I believe in the power of platforms."

It's not the first time a star has used their platform to spotlight this important issue. In January, after the #MeToo and Time's Up movements brought attention to the issue of sexual abuse in and out of Hollywood, actresses such as Meryl Streep and Emma Watson wore all black to the Golden Globes and brought women's rights activists as their dates.

Those inspiring women included #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, restaurant worker advocate Saru Jayaraman, and civil rights attorney Mónica Ramírez. "Our goal in attending the Golden Globes is to shift the focus back to survivors and on systemic, lasting solutions," the activists shared in a statement. 

We're glad that Wood is continuing to shine a light on this conversation, which is still just as relevant as ever.

See Wood and Nguyen's red carpet interview below:

(H/T: HuffPost)


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