Gwendolyn Purdom
Updated Mar 20, 2018 @ 3:28 pm
Mira Sorvino
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Mira Sorvino’s time in the spotlight in the past few months probably hasn’t been easy. The actress and fixture of ’90s hits like Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion and Mighty Aphrodite (for which she nabbed an Oscar, btw) spent the two decades since largely off our screens — that is, until last year when revelations that Harvey Weinstein had harassed and subsequently blacklisted her broke.

Along with other high profile actresses, Sorvino has become one of the faces of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, a duty she’s taken on in determined stride. Now, Sorvino’s making headlines again — only this time it’s because she’s reclaiming her time position as a star on a new television drama.

Sorvino has signed on as the lead in CBS’ new series, The Code, Deadline reports. She’ll play Col. Eisa Turnbull, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps’ Judge Advocate Division in a show about military lawyers. Turnbull sounds like one tough cookie: She holds her fellow attorneys to strict standards and is mom to two young men serving overseas.

News of the new gig tops off a big week for Sorvino. The actress was also honored with the first-ever Promise Institute Award For Contribution to Human Rights Through the Arts from the “Lights. Camera. Reaction.: The Art of Impact Through Entertainment” summit at L.A.’s Hammer Museum for her contributions to the Time’s Up movement and human rights advocacy. “I knew I was risking something,” she told attendees at the event of her coming forward with allegations against Weinstein. And it’s been very triggering and very hard, but ultimately, finding that voice in yourself … boy, it can make a huge difference.”

Like Judd, Sorvino suspected her career had stalled because Weinstein had blacklisted her for rebuffing his sexual advances. She was proven right when two big name directors confirmed they’d been told by Weinstein and his people not to work with Sorvino.

Obviously, she smashed the blacklist, and we can’t wait to see what Sorvino does next.