ll the award season buzz surrounding the movie I, Tonya has shone a bright spotlight back on Tonya Harding — the woman is pretty much everywhere you turn. The movie (starring Margot Robbie as Harding) paints the Olympic skater as an innocent victim, caught up in cycles of abuse and unaware of the plan to attack her figure-skating rival, Nancy Kerrigan.
As I, Tonya gains steam on red carpets all over Hollywood, and Tonya Harding becomes a folk hero of sorts, there's one voice that's been missing in the conversation: Nancy Kerrigan's. But in a recent interview with The Boston Globe, Kerrigan reveals exactly what she thinks about I, Tonya and the renewed interest in the story that defined her past.
Tonya Harding is back in the zeitgeist in 2018 thanks to the Margot Robbie film I, Tonya.
The movie is a biographical look at the life of the Olympic figure skater with a special focus (obviously) on the events surrounding the infamous attack on Harding’s teammate, Nancy Kerrigan, prior to the 1994 Olympics.
The release of the film and the subsequent award recognition has afforded Tonya Harding a comeback of sorts that probably wouldn't have happened otherwise.
Allison Janney won the Golden Globe for her portrayal of Harding’s mother, Margot Robbie took home the statue at the Critics’ Choice Awards, and it doesn’t seem like the nominations or wins are going to slow down anytime soon. In all this, the real Tonya Harding has become a fixture on the red carpet, celebrating with the actors and enjoying the success of the film.
In all the hullabaloo, it's easy to forget that Tonya Harding probably wouldn't be in the position she's in today if it wasn't for Nancy Kerrigan.
And what Nancy Kerrigan went through is arguably just as traumatizing and definitely just as life-changing as what Tonya Harding endured.
Although the movie's been out for a while now, Kerrigan has been mum about what her take on the film is...until now.
Dan Shaughnessy talked to Nancy Kerrigan for The Boston Globe about her reactions to the movie and what she thinks about the “cinematic softening of Tonya Harding.”
After all, Shaughnessy wrote, Kerrigan "was a victim of Harding's dysfunctional life."
You’d think she’d have some strong opinions on the matter of I, Tonya and the renewed discussion of the story.
Welp, it’s a good thing Shaughnessy still had Kerrigan’s number in his “20-year-old at-a-glance phone book” because Nancy Kerrigan answered his call on the first try.