Kate Winslet: ‘I think on some level Woody is a woman, he’s very in touch with that side’

Kate Winslet steps out of The Greenwich Hotel with a smile

Here’s the one nice thing I’ll say about Kate Winslet in this post: I really love her outfit in the above photo. Beautiful trousers, beautiful blouse, and a fantastic coat. Usually I hate her style, but she looks great in this kind of office-work attire. Anyway, these are some pics from Winslet’s promotional stop in New York last week. She’s promoting Wonder Wheel, which was written and directed by Woody Allen, and she’s pretty much expecting an Oscar nomination for this. I don’t think it’s going to happen, mostly because the critical response has been mixed-to-bad. It’s an odd year for the actress nominations – in that it feels particularly loaded for a change – and so I really don’t think Winslet will get much more than a Golden Globe nomination. And even then, maybe not, because it’s a Woody Allen film.

So, Winslet is promoting this film and her publicist must be giving strict instructions to reporters to not ask Winslet any further questions about Allen. Or rather, any questions about Dylan Farrow and her accusations. So instead we get Winslet unironically saying that Woody Allen knows women so well that he’s probably a woman. Girl, stop. Some highlights from this terrible Sydney Morning Herald piece:

Winslet thinks Woody is a woman: “I think on some level Woody is a woman,” Winslet jokes as she ponders the question of just how the filmmaker continually creates such memorable female characters. “I just think he’s very in touch with that side of himself. He understands the female characters he creates exceptionally well,. His female characters are always so rich and large and honest in terms of how they’re feeling and he just knows how to write dialogue for them to communicate all that.”

She didn’t want to be too influenced by Woody’s Tennessee Williams influences: “We’ve seen such extraordinary performances – particularly from women – in Woody’s films and I wanted to join those great women but only by making her my own person and staying away from any cliches.”

Woody Allen on “the biggest misconception” about who he really is: “People think I am an intellectual because I wear these glasses and they think I am an artist because my films lose money so it’s a great image but it’s not me. I am the person that is home with a beer in front of the football game on television, not upstairs with a book on Danish philosophy.”

Woody credit his wife Soon-Yi Previn for inspiring him to continually write strong female characters. “She’s got a very domineering personality and is hyper competent and I’m hyper incompetent and can’t work the TV set without calling her into the room. She handles all the money and I get a small allowance of $35 every couple of weeks from her and I’m fine with that because she takes a huge amount of tedious responsibility off me and I’m confident she knows what she’s doing and I don’t!”

[From SMH]

Is it cool if I feel sick to my stomach after reading this mess? Kate Winslet is like one week away from declaring Woody Allen the feminist of the year. And Woody crediting his daughter-wife for helping him write female characters?? MY GOD. It’s like neither of them can even hear how crazy and awful they sound. Maybe Woody and Winslet actually deserve each other??

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  1. QueenB says:

    That poor man. Married to his domineering step daughter!

  2. Mina says:

    Woody Allen’s definition of women is usually neurotic messes. Good to know that’s what Kate Winslet thinks is a good portrayal of women. She needs to stop talking about him.

  3. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Kate needs to stfu. Seriously. I used to be such a huge fan of hers and now I realize what a completely self-absorbed tone deaf moron she is. You’re not getting an Oscar for this role Kate – let it go!

  4. monette says:

    There are no words! With every stupid interview she does for the promition of this movie my perception of her gets worse and worse.
    Why Kate? Do you want another Oscar that bad??
    What is it that you can condem HW and at the same time suck up to Woody Allen? Talk about cognitive dissonance.
    Please, just shut up and go away.
    You were already cancelled!

  5. Lucy says:

    She’s trying really hard to defend him and make him look well, isn’t she?

  6. Paula says:

    Everything about this interview is gross, I don’t even know where to start.

  7. island_girl says:

    She really needs to shut the F*CK up.

  8. ell says:

    she’s sinking to a new low tbh, and to think she used to my favourite actress.

    recently it’s becoming easier and easier to know who to stan for, and who’s cancelled.

  9. Megan2 says:

    Suck it, Winslet.

    That is all.

  10. happyoften says:

    Does she have any idea how awful this sounds…? I know she wants an oscar, but holy cow this isn’t the way.

    Although, honestly, she is performing for the oscar voters, and this is the kind of self-indulgent claptrap they enjoy, so maybe she’s on the right track.

    Woody Allen, molester, is now a voice for women…

  11. Shijel says:

    I just went ‘oh my god’ in real life. Kate. Wow. What the f-ck.

  12. FishBeard says:

    I used to stan for her so hard. She’s become such a disappointment.

    She’s probably pissed that she’s not getting away with working with Woody like Cate did.

  13. Becks says:

    Oh man. I thought this movie looked good but did not realize it was a Woody Allen film. I don’t like him and I don’t like his movies typically (the few I have seen) so I’ll pass on this one.

    I actually tend to like Kate Winslet overall, but I really hope she does not get any major nominations or wins for this, and I hope he doesn’t either. I think Hollywood’s love affair with Woody Allen is weird (its like hes convinced everyone he’s some cinematic genius when he’s not…) and I imagine if people stop winning awards from his movies, they’ll stop acting in them.

    That’s a sad statement to make, but it’s true.

    • Ankhel says:

      Wonder Wheel is apparently a movie about an awful woman, whose artist boyfriend abandons her for her lovely young stepdaughter. The scorned, failed, half mad woman then plans an awful revenge against the star crossed lovers. Oh, and the woman also has a son, who’s criminally delinquent and enjoys starting fires. (Take that, Ronan.)

      I really don’t know where Woody will go from here. Porn with teenage girls and old men in glasses? Because he’s trolling us.

  14. Henlo Fren says:

    I’m really mad at Kate Winslet for ruining Kate Winslet for me.

  15. Green Is Good says:

    Academy Awards keep vomiting nominations all over anything Woody directs/writes. It’s pathetic.

  16. Sky says:

    Wow, just wow the sheer amount of a$$ kissing she’s been doing and defending of Woody Allen is astonishing.

    I can’t figure out if she says this because Woody is afraid that the movement of predators being outed, that he’s going to be the next. Kate doing his Dirty Work, Trying to revamp His image to make him seem like a nice wholesome women loving man who would never do anything to hurt a woman. Or is she just kissing because she wants another Oscar and to be Woody’s go to girl.

  17. littlemissnaughty says:

    Well, on Colbert she said she left school at 16. Maybe that wasn’t such a hot idea.

    • ParlerBleu says:

      Truth. I don’t think formal education = intelligence, but listening to uneducated actors, singers, and other performers speak about any substantive issue with the depth of a puddle makes me grateful and appreciative for finishing high school and getting a university education.

      There are plenty of fools with degrees too, but listening to Kate Winslet, J.Law, and the like spout nonsense really makes me even more pro-education.

  18. Really says:

    Can people just stop to interviewing Kate winslet, cate blanchet and jk Rowling all together?! Because at this point is just hypocrite offensive

  19. Wren says:

    It’s like both of them are trying so, so, so very hard to ignore all the gross stuff. I get this picture of the two of them with wide eyed pleading, slightly crazed expressions semi-shouting these words in a desperate attempt to make everything white picket fence normal.

    “So normal! Yes! Indeed! Normal! I’m so normal and nothing weird is going on here! Nothing weird has ever gone on here! Normal! Ha ha ha!”

  20. AnnaKist says:

    Oh, geez. Just shut your gob, woman. That would be best for everybody.

  21. Sarah says:

    She is going to get an Oscar nom along with JLaw no matter bad or mixed the review is. They are darlings of HW that can do no wrong.

  22. CharlieBouquet says:

    What a noxious walking meat bag. How can she look at herself in the mirror. This thread makes me feel so dirty, I need a soul pumice.

  23. seraph7 says:

    FFS, is Kate on crack? Utterly tone-deaf from her but I expected it tbh.

    I cannot understand why she capes so damn hard for Woody. She must know that it is damaging her even if she gives no shits about the victims.

  24. Chaine says:

    Talk about out of step… does she not read the news or notice at all the cultural moment? I am starting to feel about her like I do Tom Cruise, I will avoid a movie just because they’re in it.

  25. Ginger says:

    Is she clueless or just awful?

  26. Veronica says:

    Imagine being that wealthy and privileged enough to remain that tone deaf.

  27. Bex says:

    Bloody hell, Kate. I never thought she was exactly a great thinker, but how can she possibly not understand how tone deaf and awful this is? I adored her once.

    I do not envy Hollywood publicists. They must spend half their time banging their heads against brick walls.

  28. third ginger says:

    I don’t know about Allen, but Winslet is not going to be mistaken for an intellectual.

  29. Cheeky squirrel says:

    I think she should have said that he likes to touch that side of very young women. Rage headache coming on from such stupidity

  30. Reef says:

    I don’t understand. Doesn’t this woman already have an Oscar? Is she not reading the room aka the current climate on abusers?

  31. dumbledork says:

    So if I wear my glasses today, I’ll be intellectual? Hey kids! Screw those college plans! Just head to LensCrafters!

  32. Annie says:

    One thing I have learned about Kate Winslet is that awards mean everything to her. She wants to be Meryl Streep. She wants to be seen as the best of her generation and she will work with whomever can take her there. Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Harvey Weinstein. I’m very disappointed in her. These little statues mean nothing, really, especially when you work so hard to prop up abusers and help cleanse their image while turning your back on women in your industry. She’s not a girls’ girl. What is another Academy Award on your shelf when you remain silent and complicit in building up the artiste status of these horrible men? Is it really that meaningful to you to be onstage again crying and feeling like you won Miss Universe? I would be content doing a good job in good movies, live comfortably and be happy with my family. I would not care about Oscar season this badly if I had to work with any of these people.

    Acting in films is already a very narcissistic job but some people really take it very far. I really don’t like Kate anymore and if she keeps this up, this is what the people will remember her for. Not for her great performances.

  33. Lylia says:

    Yes Kaiser it is cool to feel sick to your stomach. I feel sick to my stomach. I couldn’t believe I was reading that. I am having trouble processing her interview.

  34. Spring says:

    Winslet and Allen are profoundly lacking in self-awareness and any awareness of impact upon victims. They can’t disappear soon enough for me. I truly don’t understand her ongoing Woody Allen praise and apologia. Thanks, Ms. Winslet, for repeatedly showing us this side of yourself, so I can remain firmly committed to never watching one of your films again.

  35. holly hobby says:

    Stop defending that pervert! Gawd this woman knows no shame. Also, Kate, would you leave your daughter alone with this pervert? If the answer is no, then stop defending him.

  36. Happy21 says:

    God, she’s an asshole. I just cannot with her, ever again!
    I actually love the movie The Holiday and it was on TV the other night and I could not bring myself to watch it.

  37. agnes says:

    I thiink, that Kate is an ignorant moron and should shut up!

  38. Sarah says:

    Stopped liking kate after she got really famous & changed from very humble & smart to fake humble & tone deaf. Now i know my judgement was on point.

  39. Frosty says:

    I never thought much one way or another about her, but she’s quite the careerist jerk! But I have a feeling no matter much butt she kisses kate’s not getting a nom out of Wonder Wheel.

    Glad she brought up Soon-yi though, because to me Soon Yi may be like Vili Fualaau. She’s been with Allen since she was a teen – he may be the only “love” she’s ever experienced. I just think she’s had a bizarrely limited and isolated life experience that revolves around Allen. It’s like she’s a hostage with privileges. And like Vili, maybe she’s still in it because of the kids and will make a break for it the instant she feels free to do so. Fingers crossed.

  40. Broken halo says:

    How much is he paying her? Must be a boatload

  41. StumpyCorgi says:

    Dear readers, I humbly present you with another poem to a different Kate:

    There once was a woman named Kate
    Who campaigned for a molester we hate
    She chose this pretty hill to die on
    Believing herself an artistic scion

    Woody doesn’t just love women, she said
    He’s one of us; he’s in your head!
    Grooming your daughter is just good sense
    Like calling your wife Mother Pence

    Ladies, embrace this shriveled raisin of a man
    He will represent you as only he can
    He understands the diversity of our sex
    Better than anyone; he’s the best!

    Hysterical spinsters and sexy orifices both
    Come one, come all, to your champion’s grope
    Here is a man who truly respects you
    As Harvey and Roman clearly do, too

    All these things she cried aloud
    Supercilious, defiant, and very proud
    Shut up and trust this Heavenly Creature
    Run, don’t walk, to her next big screen feature!

    Don’t worry about Kate; she knows what she’s doing
    Enough of your unsophisticated booing!
    Her eyes are firmly locked on the prize
    An Oscar is worth her inevitable demise

  42. Sarah Mckaye says:

    Going by that logic… woody is an underage girl seeing how he is very in touch with that side *barf*

  43. Lilith says:

    Everything this woman says makes me want to vomit. Can she just go away?

  44. A says:

    “takes a huge amount of tedious responsibility off me”

    Translation: “She cooks, she cleans, she birthed my children, she feeds them, she takes care of all the domestic duties, and also provides me with the requisite emotional labour that I am utterly incapable of doing or reciprocating, not just because I’m a man, but also because i’m fundamentally an abusive sociopath who groomed this young lady in direct violation of the trust we were supposed to establish as a parent/child.”

    I hate men who do this. From the bottom of my heart, I truly do.

    • A says:

      Men who act like children, who are so incompetent they can’t even “work the TV” (or do the laundry, or fold a dishtowel, or load a dish washer), who then try to pass off their sheer and utter inability to lift a finger to do ANYTHING as some kind of “compliment” to their wives because “gosh they’re just soooooo smart and I’m just soooo dumb because I’m a guy” are so aggravating. Because they truth is, they’re not incompetent. They’re grown adults who should be able to do all of these things and willfully choose not to and then try to act like they’re doing their wives a favour by loading them with more work. So f-ck that.

    • Ankhel says:

      A, you speak truth in general, but Soon Yi didn’t give birth to any of their children. Their daughters were adopted, a fact that creeps me out endlessly. Because Allen can tell himself, like he did with Mia’s children, that they aren’t ‘real’ family and off limits. And to add insult to injury, the girls even physically resemble Mia’s children. It’s enraging and terrible, but what can you do?

      • Sky says:

        Yes I was thinking the same thing about his daughters. He should not have been allowed to adopt or even be around kids. Sadly I think Soon Yi is to brainwashed to stop it from happening and she it as acceptable.

      • A says:

        @Ankhel, oh EW. That’s disgusting!

        Soon Yi Previn had clearly dealt with a lot of trauma, especially in her early life. I wonder if she ever got the help she needed to get, and it’s immensely sad to me that she likely didn’t. She’s yet another one of Woody Allen’s victims.

  45. Queen LaTita says:

    After throwing up, which I deserved for reading the crap coming out of both their mouths, I have to correct Kaiser when you wrote “daughter/wife”, it should be “daughter/wife/mother” because he makes it sounds like she’s gone from one thing to another with her doing everything for him. And really, him sitting down watching football with a can of beer????? They all deserve listening to each other spewing crap in perpetuity.

  46. Sparkly says:

    She just keeps stepping in it. It’s like she’s willfully splashing at this point.

  47. SM says:

    I want to think that the hate towards her is getting closer and closer to her circle. Because it sure looks like she pissed off her make up people

  48. Doc says:

    Wow. Just wow. She must have an iq of an earthworm.

  49. Bug says:

    A critic said her performance was covered in flop sweat and the film stunk.

  50. Susan says:

    Woody’s women characters are always neurotic, bordering on having an anxiety disorder or pneumatic twits in every single film! Very male-centric sexist view of women and he’s been repeating himself for 30 years!

  51. justwastingtime says:

    Shut up Kate. That’s all I got.

  52. justwastingtime says:

    As an adoptive mother (as well as a bio mom) this fact enrages me. The fact that he abused and then abandoned an adopted child (which means that she twice suffered the loss of a parent) and then adopted again, likely to abuse up more vulnerable children…

    I hope there is a hell and that he is attending.

  53. Burdseyeview says:

    iv never liked kate winslet – shes always been full of it . . but to defend this pedo is beyond words. we all know women like her who woud abandon their friends as soon as a guy came on th scheme and craved male attention. I hope they come for WA very very soon snd she goes down with him.