Though many actors have denounced working being involved with directors and producers that have been accused of misconduct and sexual assault, until today, Kate Winslet wasn't one of them. In a new interview with Vanity Fair, she finally addressed her silence on the topic and admitted that working on projects with Roman Polanski and Woody Allen were, looking back, regrettable. Winslet appeared in Polanski's Carnage in 2011. In 2017, he starred in Allen's Wonder Wheel.
"It's like, what the fuck was I doing working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski?" she said. "It's unbelievable to me now how those men were held in such high regard, so widely in the film industry and for as long as they were. It's fucking disgraceful."
Polanski pleaded guilty to having sex with an underage girl back in 1977 and fled the United States in 1978. He is considered a fugitive and could be arrested upon returning to the U.S. Dylan Farrow, Allen's adoptive daughter, accused the director of sexual abuse.
The new comments came after Winslet discussed her place in the MeToo movement. Back in 2018, Winslet danced around the criticism of her working with Allen, Vulture notes, mentioning that she had "regrets" over working with certain people, but not going as far as naming anyone specific. Her new statements come in the wake of Harvey Weinstein's being sentenced to jail time.
"I have to take responsibility for the fact that I worked with them both," Winslet continued. "I can't turn back the clock. I'm grappling with those regrets, but what do we have if we aren’t able to just be fucking truthful about all of it?"
Winslet continued, saying that now that she's had a long, acclaimed career, she takes more time to consider what roles to take, making sure that the characters she plays set a good example for women. She admits that the current state of affairs isn't the best for women around the world and she's working on offering some sense of integrity to them.
"Because life is fucking short and I'd like to do my best when it comes to setting a decent example to younger women," she said. "We're handing them a pretty fucked up world, so I'd like to do my bit in having some proper integrity."
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