She slammed Harvey Weinstein, but has sidestepped questions about Woody Allen
Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
Kate Winslet has spent the last few weeks promoting her film, The Mountain Between Us, which she stars in alongisde Idris Elba. But the Titanic actress is also starring in another upcoming Hollywood movie, Wonder Wheel, directed by Woody Allen.
However, Kate’s involvement in the movie has become a bit of a contentious issue. Following the sexual assault and harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, one of the most powerful men in Tinseltown, Kate slammed the disgraced producer.
In a statement to Variety, she condemned Harvey Weinstein, saying: ‘The fact that these women are starting to speak out about the gross misconduct of one of our most important and well regarded film producers, is incredibly brave and has been deeply shocking to hear.’
But despite speaking out about Weinstein, and admitting that she deliberately did not thank him in her Oscar speech, many are questioning the 42 year-old actress’s decision to work with Woody Allen, whose daughter, Dylan Farrow, famously alleged that he had sexually abused her as a child in an open letter published in the New York Times in 2014.
During an interview with Variety, Kate declined to comment on whether the allegations against Woody Allen had impacted her decision to star in his movies.
‘It’s just a difficult discussion,’ she said. ‘I’d rather respectfully not enter it today.’
Last month Kate faced backlash when she told The New York Times that working with Allen and director Roman Polanksi (who was charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977) was ‘an extraordinary working experience.’
When asked about whether the allegations affected her decisions to work with Allen, she told the publication: ‘Of course one thinks about it.
‘But at the same time, I didn’t know Woody and I don’t know anything about that family. As the actor in the film, you just have to step away and say, I don’t know anything, really, and whether any of it is true or false.
‘Having thought it all through, you put it to one side and just work with the person. Woody Allen is an incredible director. So is Roman Polanski. I had an extraordinary working experience with both of those men, and that’s the truth.’
During her interview with Variety, she touched on her controversial comments in the New York Times, saying: ‘I don’t read how people respond to things. We’re always as actors going to say the wrong thing. I think it’s better to respectfully step away from the discussion.’