Julianna Margulies got very candid during her recent appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show.
While promoting her new book, the 54-year-old actress opened up about the time she was left alone in a hotel room with Steven Seagal for a potential movie role.
However, the experience had red flags from the very beginning…
Click inside to read Julianna’s story about her first meeting with Steven Seagal…
She recalled the moment she was left in a hotel room with Steven, as she was up for a role in a movie with him.
“It was actually the casting director that asked me to go to his hotel room, I had a fourth and final call back the next day and she called me to say, ‘He’d like to run the scene with you, he saw your tape, he thinks you’re great, come to the hotel room.’ And I didn’t want to go because I lived in Brooklyn and I couldn’t afford a cab, I was waitressing, I was broke. And she said, ‘Don’t worry, we will pay for the car, get a car service and I’ll be here we are going to run the scene,’” Julianna shared.
She went on, confirming that she did indeed go to the hotel to meet with Steven. However, “the casting director was not there and it was a frightening moment because he asked me to sit on a couch and underneath this cushion, I jumped up because there was something hard and he pulled out a gun, and said, ‘Oh I must have left my gun there.’”
“I am 23, and I realize I am in an action star’s hotel room with a gun, I had never seen a gun before and he’s 6’4” and no one knows where I am…,” Julianna recalled, feeling scared at what could have happened next. “What did it for me he asked me to come into the bedroom because he was tired and he asked to read my palm…”
At the time, Julianna remembered that she was still suspicious.
“He put the gun down, so I was calming down a little bit and he read my palm and told me that he was a healer and told me I had weak kidneys. And I thought ‘is this the shtick that works on women?’ This is ridiculous and I thought, ‘Oh my God he thinks this is going to make me think he’s some sort of almighty healer and stay,’ anyway, he read the next palm and got in there and started giving me more advice about my body and how he could fix it through his healing,” she shared. “The tough New Yorker in me just inwardly was laughing because it was so awful and hilarious that I just stood up and went, ‘Well that was fun, thanks about the kidneys, got to go,’ and I just ran for the door waving…”
Julianna adds that she “got to the elevator and realized he hadn’t reimbursed me for the money and I was really broke and it was midnight now and there was no way I could take a subway home from Midtown.”
“I went back and knocked on the door but I made sure to stay on the other side of the door and I spoke really loudly and he had his sort of Cheshire cat grin and I said, ‘I was told I’d be reimbursed for the car fare, so you need to reimburse me for the car fare.’ So he reached into his pocket and handed me money, I didn’t look I ran to the elevator and got in the elevator and looked at my palm, he had given me a $100 bill.”
She then admitted that she’d “never seen a $100 bill” before and “figured if I had just survived in a hotel room with an action figure star and a gun, I could take a subway ride home and payoff my credit card, so that’s what I did.”
Just a few years ago, Steven had been under investigation for sexual assault by the LAPD.