Alanis Morissette Refuses To Promote Documentary About Her Life
Musician and songwriter Alanis Morissette will not be promoting the upcoming HBO documentary Jagged which tells her life story.
The documentary, named after the hit Broadway play based on Morissette’s music Jagged Little Pill, follows her journey to becoming a pop star and shows the dark side of the music industry, and features interviews with her.
Morissette said in a statement that she will not be promoting the movie because it contained “implications and facts that are simply not true.”
“I agreed to participate in a piece about the celebration of Jagged Little Pill’’s 25th anniversary, and was interviewed during a very vulnerable time (while in the midst of my third postpartum depression during lockdown),” she said. “I was lulled into a false sense of security and their salacious agenda became apparent immediately upon my seeing the first cut of the film. This is when I knew our visions were in fact painfully diverged. This was not the story I agreed to tell.”
“I sit here now experiencing the full impact of having trusted someone who did not warrant being trusted,” she continued. “I have chosen not to attend any event around this movie for two reasons: one is that I am on tour right now. The other is that, not unlike many ‘stories’ and unauthorized biographies out there over the years, this one includes implications and facts that are simply not true. While there is beauty and some elements of accuracy in this/my story to be sure — I ultimately won’t be supporting someone else’s reductive take on a story much too nuanced for them to ever grasp or tell.”
The films’ director, Alison Klayman, told Deadline that while she would have loved to have Morissette help promote the film, she is grateful for her contribution to it in the first place.
“Of course, it would have been great if she could be here with us,” Klayman said, “but I’m so grateful for all the time that she did put into making this film.”