In the current roaring 20s, our society has gone back and revisited how we treated women in the public eye over the past 40 years. Britney Spears, Pamela Anderson, Amy Winehouse, Madonna, even Princess Diana: an ocean of ink has been spilt analyzing how the prevalent sexism and misogyny in our culture robs women of agency over their own bodies, their own sanity, and in Sharon Stone’s case, over her own children.
In a new interview, the legendary actress reveals that her role in the 1992 erotic thriller Basic Instinct actually cost her custody of her child due to the justice system not understanding what a fictional movie is.
Speaking on the Table For Two With Bruce Bozzi podcast, the Casino star revealed that a full ten years after Basic Instinct was released in cinemas, it was used against her in a custody case involving her son.
“I lost custody of my child,” she revealed. “The judge asked my child, my tiny little, tiny boy, ‘Do you know your mother makes sex movies?’ This kind of abuse by the system ― this kind of abuse, that I was considered what kind of parent I was because I made that movie.”
The Total Recall star was embroiled in a custody battle over her son Roan with her ex-husband Phil Bronstein in 2003. The judge denied her custody in 2004.
“People are walking around with no clothes on at all on regular TV now,” she added. “You saw maybe like a 16th of a second of possible nudity of me, and I lost custody of my child ... I ended up in the Mayo Clinic with extra heartbeats in my upper and lower chamber of my heart.”
“It broke my heart,” she added. “It literally broke.”
At the time, ABC News reported that Sharon lost custody, not because of her films but because the judge found her to “overreact” to Roan’s health issues. Overreact, huh? It’s giving naked male sexism.
The Quick and The Dead star also spoke with Bozzi about how male actors are never conflated with their characters, while women performers are maligned for their movie choices.
“The guy that played Jeffrey Dahmer, no one thinks that he’s a [person] who eats people,” she said, referring to actor Evan Peters in Netflix’s Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. “It doesn’t turn him into a serial killer who eats people or make him an antisocial person. It makes him a very complex person who took an incredibly difficult part.”
Sharon is a mother to three sons, and as Roan is now all grown up, it’s interesting to note that he changed his name in 2019 from Roan Bronstein to Roan Stone.