In a recent flurry of tweets, Sarah Polley criticized the series for a kissing scene when she was 14.

This is a photo of Treat Williams and me. I was thirteen or fourteen. So he was around 40. It was an episode of ‘Avonlea’ and my character was in love with him and we had a kissing scene. WTF?! Someone just reminded me of this…

Sarah initially confused kissing the 41 year old Treat Williams, from the episode 'Moving On' (Sara and the Marshall in the US), with her onscreen kiss with Jaimz Woolvett from the Season Five episode 'Enter Prince Charming.'  While she recalled the episode with the aging Marshall Zac Morgan as creepy, she was also appalled by the "gross" kissing scene with 26-year old Woolvett.

And here is a photo of Jaimz Woolvet and I. I think around the same time. So I'm around 13 or 14 I think. He's 26. Another kissing scene. What on earth??? This is all coming back to me now... Super creepy Road to Avonlea stuff... Was this legal???

I'm having some kind of former actor Twitter meltdown... Excuse me... but this is so gross...

Sadly these incidents would still rank very low on my list of many damaging and inappropriate things that happened while making that show... but still...

Polley later deleted her tweets and apologized for confusing the scenes.

I also owe the producers of Avonlea an apology for confusing a creepy scene without a kiss for a creepier scene with a kiss. Sorry I didn’t properly identify which scene was unethical. I’ll come up with a more well researched list of terrible experiences in the future...

It's likely Sarah will find more questionable scenes from Road to Avonlea in the future. Polley has a history of criticizing the series. In one interview she called Avonlea a "sugary sweet horrible kid's show."

Did you find Sarah's kiss scenes gross and inappropriate?  And what does that say about an equally young Gema Zamprogna (Felicity King) kissing a much older Michael Mahonen (Gus Pike)?  Let me know in the comments below.

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  • Macy

    As much as I like Sarah, I hate how much she criticizes the show. I still think "Moving On" is a rather good episode and important Sara's development as a character. On the other hand, I'm not a fan of Sara's "love interest" in season five so I can't be objective about that. Call him creepy all you want. Also, Sarah's last tweet "apologizing" sounds rather backhanded. But in the end, I just can't dislike her. I admire her for speaking her mind and have appreciated her work since leaving Avonlea. I hope she will give a better account on her time during the show, then maybe I could understand why she hates it so much.

    Regarding Gema and Michael, I still think the huge age difference is pretty weird. However, I was able to forget it quickly while I was bingeing the show. Michael thankfully looked pretty young for his age.

  • Jinnie

    She’s a real pill.

  • JustMe

    Except it’s not really kissing any more than sex scenes are actually sex. It’s acting, witnessed by a full crew and, in the case of minors, a parent or guardian.

  • Agnes

    I hated those storylines both with Felicity, Sara but also Anne. When the creators try to match them with much older man. There are two problems here. One is the message to the audience, the other is the actors/actresses comfort and safety. I hope that as a result of these people speaking up this won’t happen to future young actors,actresses.

  • Laurie

    I think deep down she harbors resentment that Felicity was the real star of the show.